Steve Kerr, like many Liverpool supporters, is a big fan of manager Jurgen Klopp.
The Warriors coach told NBC Sports Bay Area in October that Klopp and the club served as "a source of inspiration" for him. Kerr said he loved to watch Klopp coach, and the German manager's emotional reaction to Liverpool clinching their first-ever Premier League title -- thanks to Manchester City's loss to Chelsea -- makes it abundantly clear why.
"It's a big moment," Klopp tearily told Sky Sports on Wednesday night. "I have no real words, to be honest. It's such a big moment -- I'm completely overwhelmed. I never would've thought that it would feel like this. I had no idea, and it's just ... big."
Klopp has always worn his emotions on his sleeve, whether on the touchline or in his post-match press conferences.
The emotion that most endeared Klopp to Kerr was the Liverpool manager's joy.
"What I like is that he also seems to enjoy it," Kerr told Men In Blazers' Roger Bennett in a special that aired in November. "It's not just that he's a madman. He's laughing, and smiling and fist-pumping, and I love the concept of joy in sports. It's one of the most important values to me and the Warriors. Steph Curry -- you watch him play, and there's so much joy.
"It's a powerful emotion, a powerful factor for a great team of any sport. Joy, enjoying what you're doing and the joy of just feeling young and free, and playing."
Liverpool reached Warriors-like heights Thursday, clinching the Premier League with a record seven matches remaining. The Reds are on pace to set records for total points, wins and the biggest gap between first and second place.
Kerr's beloved club are more than capable of doing so, in large part because of the manager Kerr greatly admires.
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