But poor Swain soon learned that he hadn’t been speaking to the real Reds boss, but a property developer from south-east London – and a Millwall fan.
'It was a night of daring to dream, but I've had a reality check on this!' 🤣
＠SwainITV was well and truly duped by… https://t.co/sG9YvyRDAi
— Good Morning Britain (@Good Morning Britain)
So who is the man now known admiringly as the “Kloppelgänger” and how has he managed to transform himself into the spitting image of a Premier League icon?
indy100 had a chat with him to find out…
Who is the real ‘Cheeky Jurgen’?
He may look like Klopp’s identical twin, but Cheeky Jurgen is in fact a Greenwich-born grandfather with a penchant for classic cars.
When he’s not celebrating football triumphs atop the shoulders of fellow fans (see below), Ray Cornwell, 61, is the director of a chain of restaurants called Cheeky Chicos and also runs a successful property development company in central London.
He first realised he bore a more than uncanny resemblance to the 54-year-old Liverpool manager around two years ago following comments from various friends.
But it was when his own granddaughter was watching television and asked: “Why is Pappy on the TV?” that he realised it was time to “make something of this”.
Not yet, Ray said, but the rate all the hype is going, we wouldn’t be surprised if a meet-up was soon on the cards.
Asked what he would tell his inspiration, he put on his best German accent and said: “I’m sorry but you are the Kloppelgänger, I am the real one, ya?”
What does he hope to achieve as ‘Cheeky Jurgen’?
The 61-year-old said the main motivation behind his act is to “make people smile” and to have fun.
“Especially when you get kids, they look at you with such amazement,” he said. “I recently met a young boy who had badly broken his leg and was on crutches and I gave him a big hug which absolutely made his day. He was in awe.”
“It’s nice when you can do something like that, when you see happiness and joy on someone’s face, it’s a wonderful feeling.”