Liverpool players Sadio Mané and Naby Keita gave an insight into what it’s like working under Jürgen Klopp at Melwood in a recent interview.
The pair were doing a Q&A session for the official LFC monthly magazine.
Mané, when asked what it was like to learn from Klopp, 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.”
Keita also sang Herr Klopp’s praises, talking about how the German coach helps players develop during training on a daily basis:
“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.”
Sadio Mané has had the best season of his football career to-date. He commented on how Klopp helps players believe in themselves and have more confidence in their abilities.
“I believe it’s the fact that he makes you responsible on and off the field. I think that football is in the head but then you’ve got to transfer that to the body. He’s always there to be able to give you confidence. Overall for a player, it’s all about confidence.”
The full interview is in the digital version of the LFC magazine which can be found here https://pocketmags.com/eu/liverpool-fc-magazine
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