He first made his name as a youthful coach by achieving promotion to the Bundesliga and staying in the division afterwards, and now he's competing in the Premier League while upholding his intense footballing ideas.
That is the basic background of Jurgen Klopp, but the story also applies to the coach who the Liverpool boss will face on Saturday night, Ralph Hassenhuttl.
The Austrian has been in charge of Southampton for around two-and-a-half years and this weekend, he'll come up against the man he studied alongside; the man with whom he shares many similarities regarding how the game is most effectively played.
"It was about winning the ball and scoring within 10 seconds. The secret of our success was not the transition in the front, it was our commitment against the ball. We spoke about pressing. Be hungry. Be emotional and don't slow down the game."
Hassenhuttl looks back on his time at RB Leipzig fondly, but the above quote could have easily been produced by Klopp in reference to his Liverpool or Borussia Dortmund teams.
"We had quality in playing against the ball, quality in pressing earlier and we were a team that nobody liked to play against," said the Saints boss about his Ingolstadt outfit, which bears comparison with Klopp's early move to write 'terrible' on a whiteboard at Melwood upon his arrival in 2015, explaining that it would be how opponents felt after battling with the Reds for 90 minutes.
The two coaches have an unwavering belief in attacking football, with their teams behaving in an offensive manner with possession, without possession, and whenever possession is lost; Liverpool placed top of the Premier League last season for final third pressures, with Southampton ranked second.
Formations differ - with Hassenhuttl favouring 4-4-2 this season compared to Klopp's 4-3-3 - but those shapes are very much influenced by the make-up of the two squads, and they have little baring on the fixed conduct of the players representing the sides.
Takumi Minamino has played under both of the coaches this season having moved to St. Mary's on loan in January, with Klopp stating: "There were not a lot of clubs that I thought made real sense to let Minamino go to, but Southampton makes a lot of sense."
The Japanese international moved from Red Bull Salzburg to Liverpool around 18 months ago for a reduced fee; Hassenhuttl was contracted to the Austrian club as a player himself dating back to before Red Bull's takeover, with the club known as Casino Salzburg at the time.
The high-risk playing style represented by the two is prone to placing weighty demands on players, as individuals can become exposed if the team unit does not act in a collective manner, which is perhaps a reason behind why Klopp has reached greater managerial heights so far, as he's been fortunate enough to have superior talent at his disposal.
A self-proclaimed tracksuit manager, Hassenhuttl prefers to wear a suit when he's contesting for high-profile honours, and Klopp used to share that quirk himself but with each final that he's reached, he's tailored his ways to deliver maximum comfort.
Wembley played host to the Champions League final in 2013 and witnessed Klopp in a shirt and tie; he lost that time, but six years later, he would lift the trophy wearing his customary trainers and sports cap.
Therein lies a major difference between the duo; Klopp has been able to translate his principles and methods to produce on the biggest stage, to such an extent that he's gradually modified his choices around finals because he's reached so many, whereas Hassenhuttl - who is the same age - is yet to become so familiar with such events.
They will each compete for three points this weekend and their respective styles will merge into one for the duration of the bout, albeit with one competing for Champions League football while the other battles for survival.