Jurgen Klopp has been hailed for his hugely positive impact on his players both on and off the field of play. The head coach of Liverpool is currently awaiting news of the possible resumption of the Premier League season to see if his rip-roaring Reds can go on and lift their first top-light crown for 30 years. The Anfield giants were at the summit and were 25 ahead of Manchester city in second spot in the table when the coronavirus cries erupted.
The Covid-19 pandemic meant that football all over the globe was suspended and to date there has been no firm decisions made, or made public anyway, as to how the campaign will conclude. There is talk of the season being finished in June at stadia in the Midlands with no fans present but as of yet there has been no confirmation of this. The alternative is that the entire season is scrubbed and considered null and void. That would rob the Merseysiders of the title and would be heart-breaking for Koppites.
As the players keep themselves in shape both physically and mentally in the lockdown, two aces in particular have been forthcoming about the skills of the German boss. Attacker Said Mane reckons Klopp’s ability to get the best out of his stars has to be admired. Speaking to the club’s official magazine, Mane said:
“He is somebody that is full of life, he is somebody who makes us all responsible as players, which is very important for a player on the field. He is a coach who knows how to handle you off the field, too. Sometimes he can be hard with his players, but it’s for positive reasons and that’s helped us a lot on the field. It is quite impressive, in fact, if you got to know him to understand all of that.”
And another ace, Guinea midfielder Naby Keita says for him, the fact that former Borussia Dortmund manager Klopp is always prepared to defend his players is a big bonus within the squad. He said:
“Yes, and he will always defend his players because for him all the players are the same. There is no difference to him. He’s always there to explain things to you, such as if you haven’t played the best in a game, which is hard for coaches to do.
“But that’s a choice he has to make and it helps us fight harder on the training field to push hard so you can be playing at the weekend. He communicates with us all equally and that’s what I really like about him. During training he will stop you and give you advice and explanations.”