Ciro Immobile discusses why things didn’t work out under Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool.
Ciro Immobile was the star of the show as Italy defeated Turkey in the opening match of Euro 2020.
In a convincing 3-0 triumph, the Lazio attacker scored a goal and added an assist.
After a Merih Demiral own goal became the tournament’s opening strike, Lorenzo Insigne was also on the scoresheet.
When they were both at Borussia Dortmund, Immobile, 31, worked with current Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp for a season.
Klopp signed the Italian striker for the 2014/15 season, but he left after scoring 10 goals in 34 appearances.
Last year, Immobile praised the German coach and explained why things at Dortmund did not go as planned.
Sport Bild quoted him as saying: “Klopp has left something for you. Someone like him is difficult to forget.
“I was fortunate to be able to learn from him. He’s a highly emotional coach. Someone for whom every ball is fought.
“He expects the same of you, as evidenced by his behavior on the sidelines.”
When asked why he struggled to create an impression during his brief stay in Germany, Immobile explained: “In terms of the team, I believe I simply moved to Dortmund at an awkward time.
“BVB won titles in 2011 and 2012 under Klopp, then finished second twice more. We were second from bottom in the Bundesliga after the first half of my season there.
“This meant that young, international players were left out. I don’t believe Klopp didn’t see potential in me, but in this difficult period, he preferred to rely on guys he already knew and trusted.”
With tonight’s victory, Italy has set a precedent for the rest of the competition’s elite teams.
The remaining group games for Roberto Mancini’s side are against Switzerland and Wales.
After that, they’ll be looking for a way to advance deep into the knockout stages. The summary comes to a close.