Ralph Hasenhuttl told reporters that he is keen to create his own legacy in the Premier League despite being influenced by Jurgen Klopp.
Southampton have just appointed Hasenhuttl as their new manager after firing Mark Hughes and there have been immediate comparisons between the former RB Leipzig boss and Jurgen Klopp.
Both look to entertain their supporters with high octane football and are entertaining characters and while the Saints’ new manager is keen on replicating Klopp’s success in England, he wants to create his own legacy as well.
Hasenhuttl says he would like to shake off the nickname ‘Klopp of the Alps’ and be recognised for being a unique character on his own.
“I don’t like it so much,” he said, confirming his name translates as ‘small hut for a rabbit’, ahead of taking charge of his first game against Cardiff. “I want to be my own character.
“I was always a fan of his football, a very proactive way to play, he set marks in Germany with his football. That really influenced my style. My goal is to get my name known here in the Premier League.
“When I left Leipzig I was thinking about my next step, and I want to stand in front of a new team, new language, to get developed personally and in my view of football, that’s why I made the decision to come to Southampton.”