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Jürgen Klopp: The Bossest of Bosses

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Possibly mischievous comments from Klopp about the festive schedule. On the one hand he is admitting that it's not right to have such a small gap between fixtures and is therefore validating Pep's criticisms. However, he mentioned several sides who have exactly the same issue as City without mentioning City. Is his point to say that we're all in the same boat so Pep cannot use it as an excuse?
No, his point is that he agrees with Pep, he is not one for ridiculous sly digs. That would be very out of character for him and more up Mourinho's street, and it would make me some what disappointed if he made such a dig. He would fall a bit in my esteem (but he won't, since he would not do such a thing). He said the same thing last year remember.
You ought to remember that Klopp is educated as a Sports Scientist. The entire point, which many fans tend to ignore, is that recuperation for a top athlete needs so and so many hours. 48 hours is not enough restitution to give maximum effort in both games, that is science, pure and simple. It was incredibly different 20 years ago when footballers were not top athletes, today it is different, they train as top athletes in the biggest clubs and then you have to apply science as to how many hours a man and woman in a certain age group needs to recuperate between giving maximum effort, since less than optimal restitution vastly increases chances for muscle injuries. To recuperate from a very hard intense training session with interval training you need usually 4-5 days to be able to give anything like you gave in the previous session and a high intensity football match with breakneck speed is comparable.
Same logic goes for why armies on the offensives have breaks for a couple of days before they push on (if the battlefield situation allows it), since more soldiers will die and be wounded (and fight worse) from mistakes that comes from tiredness or concentration loss if the push on etc.
 

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Came in here to post this very thing. Bobby celebrating with Jürgen after his second goal was a special moment, and tells us everything we need to know, on so many different levels. From their relationship, to how the squad approached the match last night, to the overall chemistry and culture at the club. It was a beautiful moment.
When 5 of the lads were with Klopp after applauding the fans, I think it was Gini, Firmino, VVD, Jordan and others and they were laughing and joking about something had happened.

That showed how close they are as a team and the team includes the manager and his staff.

That comment from an ITK about VVD banging down Klopp's door asking for a marquee signing or they were off last summer still makes me laugh.
 
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Klopps biggest problem is he keeps raising expectations.

By the end of the season when we have won the PL, CL, FA cup, club world cup and super cup......I will be slightly dissapointed we didn't also win the league cup.
Greevsie once tipped us to win the boat race and the grand national. We are close to getting back to that level of expectation.
 

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This is a comparison of the points won by Klopp in his full half seasons:
2015/16 (2): 30

2016/17 (1): 43
2016/17 (2): 33

2017/18 (1): 35
2017/18 (2): 40

2018/19 (1): 51
2018/19 (2): 46

2019/20 (1): 55
2019/20 (2): (42: would be the average of the above 8 figures)

97 pts wins us the title!
 

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‘Dear Jurgen…’ – An end of year message to the man who has transformed Liverpool FC
Alex Malone
@KOPCONevents
31 December 2019







With 2019 now behind us, lifelong Red Alex Malone felt compelled to write the following words for Jurgen Klopp.

As I and millions of Reds around the world reflect on what has been a momentous year, it would be much too easy to thank you for the Champions League, Super Cup and World Club Cup successes and the greatest ever points total of any Liverpool season.

But my ‘thank you’ goes much deeper than mere trophies.
I want to thank you for what you have done for us; the people, the fans.
I want to thank you bringing such joy and positivity to people’s lives in what has, outside of football, been a difficult year for so many. Your positivity burns brightly and inspirationally for many thousands, even millions of people.
I want to thank you for promoting the world-class City of Liverpool for the amazing place that it is, not the one outsiders would have you believe it to be.
Thank you for embracing the unique spirit and culture of ‘Scousers,’ accepting us and becoming an honourary one of us.

Thank you for always sticking to your morals, ethics, principles and sense of fair play – each very much in keeping with the great people of our City and managers of our club and continuing the legacy of those great humble geniuses who preceded you; from Shanks to Bob Paisley, Joe Fagan and Sir Kenny Dalglish. These are giants among men, and you fully deserve your place at their table.
Thank you too for your incredible work with local communities, local hospitals and charities, and your unwavering support for the families of the 96.
Outside of Liverpool the City, your influence and impact on the global Liverpool fan base has been seismic. The fervour and excitement experienced in Liverpool each week is replicated in pubs and clubs around the globe at unprecedented levels. Your brilliant team has inspired a whole new generation of die-hard Reds in every corner of the globe.
In terms of the football, I want to thank you for taking a Club mired in mediocrity upon your arrival to the summit of European and World Football, and, as we enter the New Year, in a fantastic position to possibly achieve the ultimate prize in England.
I want to thank you for making us believe again, because when you arrived we really didn’t. We had hope in our hearts – we always do – and we allowed ourselves to dream a bit. Our loyalty, of course, never wavered. But belief had taken a bit of a hammering since the ‘90s. You sussed it within weeks, and told us so, right to our faces. The lack of belief was there, hidden in plain sight, but we hadn’t admitted it even to ourselves.

With that in mind, I want to also thank you for changing – or rather reestablishing – the winning mentality of Liverpool Football Club.
Too many years of underachievement had seen Liverpool become a ‘selling club.’ But in four short years you’ve managed to convince the world’s elite players to turn towards the bright lights of Anfield, not away from them.
We as fans had become too accepting of the club’s apparent resignation that our top players were likely to be poached by ‘European Giants’. Those same players and their clubs now look on with envy. You reminded everyone that in terms of ‘European Giants’ no-one is bigger than Liverpool.
In the 70s and 80s, Liverpool FC were the most feared team in Europe. At long last, that feeling of European invincibility is back.
I want to thank you for changing your team’s mentality from one that hoped to win, to one that now expects to win. From one determined to play well for the fans to one fiercely determined to win for the fans.
Your ‘never say die’ attitude has translated to your squad and to the Liverpool fan base. We rarely lose now because mentally we just don’t think that way anymore. You’ve infected the players and fans with the winning habit and it’s highly contagious. Fans who once left the ground 10 minutes from time with their team struggling are now spending those last 10 minutes urging their team over the line. It is those last gasp points that may make all the difference in the coming months.
We, as Liverpool fans, always knew in our heart of hearts that our club meant more than any other, but it took you to not only remind us, but to announce it to the world so that every fan of every club hears it:

We. Are. Liverpool. This. Means. More. Just typing it gets the adrenaline flowing.
You have built the finest team in world football over the last 12 months.
You have built a team with England’s best defence, the most feared and lethal front three in world football, the world’s greatest goalkeeper, and a midfield engine room of awesome, world-class power.
Your ability in the transfer market, along with the wizardry of Michael Edwards, has seen unprecedented success. No other managerial team has ever had such astonishing decision-making skill regarding which players to release, who to retain, and who to buy.
And then when you have them, you improve every single one of them. You have taken an unknown Hull City defender and made him world-class. A local academy boy has, at age 21, become the most feared right back in Europe.
In Alisson and Van Dijk, you bought premium class players and still improved them. The European Team of the Season was dominated by players, bought, shaped and developed by you and your coaching staff.
And everyone, everyone you treat with respect. From those in the media to the adoring fans on matchday to every member of the backroom staff irrespective of position. Even those players you have decided to let go, you always did do with the utmost respect.

Players leave with their heads held high and their reputations intact. There has been no shunning or freezing out, no ‘throwing players under a bus.’ Instead, there is dignity, respect and appreciation – even, it must be said, for those whose loyalty to themselves exceeded their loyalty to you, the fans and the club.
So thank you for the fist pumps, thank you for the bear hugs and thank you for the great big laughs.
Thank you for legging it on to the pitch to hug Alisson in the Derby. Thank you for swearing with excitement live on American television, and thank you for your unrelenting positivity even on the challenging days. It is who you are, it is what you are and we wouldn’t change you for the world.
Just one last thing, I know a lot of Liverpool legends to know don’t really like being called ‘legends’, but I’m sorry, you already are one. As with Shanks, Sir Bob, Sir Kenny, Joe Fagan and Rafa, you’ll be on the flags, the banners and mentioned in songs at Anfield for generations to come.
So thank you, on behalf of millions of Reds fans worldwide, for taking Liverpool FC back to the absolute pinnacle of footballing excellence in 2019 and creating one of – if not the greatest team – in our entire 127-year history.

You’ll Never Walk Alone.
Sincerely, Alex Malone
 

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‘Dear Jurgen…’ – An end of year message to the man who has transformed Liverpool FC
Alex Malone
@KOPCONevents
31 December 2019







With 2019 now behind us, lifelong Red Alex Malone felt compelled to write the following words for Jurgen Klopp.

As I and millions of Reds around the world reflect on what has been a momentous year, it would be much too easy to thank you for the Champions League, Super Cup and World Club Cup successes and the greatest ever points total of any Liverpool season.

But my ‘thank you’ goes much deeper than mere trophies.
I want to thank you for what you have done for us; the people, the fans.
I want to thank you bringing such joy and positivity to people’s lives in what has, outside of football, been a difficult year for so many. Your positivity burns brightly and inspirationally for many thousands, even millions of people.
I want to thank you for promoting the world-class City of Liverpool for the amazing place that it is, not the one outsiders would have you believe it to be.
Thank you for embracing the unique spirit and culture of ‘Scousers,’ accepting us and becoming an honourary one of us.

Thank you for always sticking to your morals, ethics, principles and sense of fair play – each very much in keeping with the great people of our City and managers of our club and continuing the legacy of those great humble geniuses who preceded you; from Shanks to Bob Paisley, Joe Fagan and Sir Kenny Dalglish. These are giants among men, and you fully deserve your place at their table.
Thank you too for your incredible work with local communities, local hospitals and charities, and your unwavering support for the families of the 96.
Outside of Liverpool the City, your influence and impact on the global Liverpool fan base has been seismic. The fervour and excitement experienced in Liverpool each week is replicated in pubs and clubs around the globe at unprecedented levels. Your brilliant team has inspired a whole new generation of die-hard Reds in every corner of the globe.
In terms of the football, I want to thank you for taking a Club mired in mediocrity upon your arrival to the summit of European and World Football, and, as we enter the New Year, in a fantastic position to possibly achieve the ultimate prize in England.
I want to thank you for making us believe again, because when you arrived we really didn’t. We had hope in our hearts – we always do – and we allowed ourselves to dream a bit. Our loyalty, of course, never wavered. But belief had taken a bit of a hammering since the ‘90s. You sussed it within weeks, and told us so, right to our faces. The lack of belief was there, hidden in plain sight, but we hadn’t admitted it even to ourselves.

With that in mind, I want to also thank you for changing – or rather reestablishing – the winning mentality of Liverpool Football Club.
Too many years of underachievement had seen Liverpool become a ‘selling club.’ But in four short years you’ve managed to convince the world’s elite players to turn towards the bright lights of Anfield, not away from them.
We as fans had become too accepting of the club’s apparent resignation that our top players were likely to be poached by ‘European Giants’. Those same players and their clubs now look on with envy. You reminded everyone that in terms of ‘European Giants’ no-one is bigger than Liverpool.
In the 70s and 80s, Liverpool FC were the most feared team in Europe. At long last, that feeling of European invincibility is back.
I want to thank you for changing your team’s mentality from one that hoped to win, to one that now expects to win. From one determined to play well for the fans to one fiercely determined to win for the fans.
Your ‘never say die’ attitude has translated to your squad and to the Liverpool fan base. We rarely lose now because mentally we just don’t think that way anymore. You’ve infected the players and fans with the winning habit and it’s highly contagious. Fans who once left the ground 10 minutes from time with their team struggling are now spending those last 10 minutes urging their team over the line. It is those last gasp points that may make all the difference in the coming months.
We, as Liverpool fans, always knew in our heart of hearts that our club meant more than any other, but it took you to not only remind us, but to announce it to the world so that every fan of every club hears it:

We. Are. Liverpool. This. Means. More. Just typing it gets the adrenaline flowing.
You have built the finest team in world football over the last 12 months.
You have built a team with England’s best defence, the most feared and lethal front three in world football, the world’s greatest goalkeeper, and a midfield engine room of awesome, world-class power.
Your ability in the transfer market, along with the wizardry of Michael Edwards, has seen unprecedented success. No other managerial team has ever had such astonishing decision-making skill regarding which players to release, who to retain, and who to buy.
And then when you have them, you improve every single one of them. You have taken an unknown Hull City defender and made him world-class. A local academy boy has, at age 21, become the most feared right back in Europe.
In Alisson and Van Dijk, you bought premium class players and still improved them. The European Team of the Season was dominated by players, bought, shaped and developed by you and your coaching staff.
And everyone, everyone you treat with respect. From those in the media to the adoring fans on matchday to every member of the backroom staff irrespective of position. Even those players you have decided to let go, you always did do with the utmost respect.

Players leave with their heads held high and their reputations intact. There has been no shunning or freezing out, no ‘throwing players under a bus.’ Instead, there is dignity, respect and appreciation – even, it must be said, for those whose loyalty to themselves exceeded their loyalty to you, the fans and the club.
So thank you for the fist pumps, thank you for the bear hugs and thank you for the great big laughs.
Thank you for legging it on to the pitch to hug Alisson in the Derby. Thank you for swearing with excitement live on American television, and thank you for your unrelenting positivity even on the challenging days. It is who you are, it is what you are and we wouldn’t change you for the world.
Just one last thing, I know a lot of Liverpool legends to know don’t really like being called ‘legends’, but I’m sorry, you already are one. As with Shanks, Sir Bob, Sir Kenny, Joe Fagan and Rafa, you’ll be on the flags, the banners and mentioned in songs at Anfield for generations to come.
So thank you, on behalf of millions of Reds fans worldwide, for taking Liverpool FC back to the absolute pinnacle of footballing excellence in 2019 and creating one of – if not the greatest team – in our entire 127-year history.

You’ll Never Walk Alone.
Sincerely, Alex Malone
And I was just about to write a letter to Jurgen too. Pretty much the same things.

He opened our eyes to things we didn’t know we were closed to.

He told us to hold our heads up in the storm - and reminded us about the golden sky.

That time when we drew 2-2 to West Brom - and he got the team to stand in front of the kop. I didn’t get it then. Boy, do I get it now. I really do.

He gave us glimpses in the first few seasons, and then he has delivered weekly...

He has brought us all together when it looks like the world is separating and falling apart.

Thank you Jurgen. Danke.
 

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I misjudged how much there is to Klopp than just charisma. Seriously thought he was a significant overachiever at Mainz and Dortmund and the loss in the CL final and the really bad start to his final season in the Bundesliga was a corrective to that.
You basically had Klopp the celebrity / press conference entertainment provider / coaching area psycho rammed down your throat if you were a completely neutral fan of football in Germany. I'm not completely neutral, as a VfB Stuttgart supporter you always want Bayern to do badly in Dortmund games, but I wasn't exactly missing JK when he went on his short sabbatical.
When the rumours started to circulate about Klopp coming to Liverpool, I spoke to my boss ( a fellow Red ) about it and we agreed that we had always done best as a club (in our lives) under really low profile managers and Ancelotti would be the better fit.
So I also had doubts that have now been dispelled.
 

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‘Dear Jurgen…’ – An end of year message to the man who has transformed Liverpool FC
Alex Malone
@KOPCONevents
31 December 2019







With 2019 now behind us, lifelong Red Alex Malone felt compelled to write the following words for Jurgen Klopp.

As I and millions of Reds around the world reflect on what has been a momentous year, it would be much too easy to thank you for the Champions League, Super Cup and World Club Cup successes and the greatest ever points total of any Liverpool season.

But my ‘thank you’ goes much deeper than mere trophies.
I want to thank you for what you have done for us; the people, the fans.
I want to thank you bringing such joy and positivity to people’s lives in what has, outside of football, been a difficult year for so many. Your positivity burns brightly and inspirationally for many thousands, even millions of people.
I want to thank you for promoting the world-class City of Liverpool for the amazing place that it is, not the one outsiders would have you believe it to be.
Thank you for embracing the unique spirit and culture of ‘Scousers,’ accepting us and becoming an honourary one of us.

Thank you for always sticking to your morals, ethics, principles and sense of fair play – each very much in keeping with the great people of our City and managers of our club and continuing the legacy of those great humble geniuses who preceded you; from Shanks to Bob Paisley, Joe Fagan and Sir Kenny Dalglish. These are giants among men, and you fully deserve your place at their table.
Thank you too for your incredible work with local communities, local hospitals and charities, and your unwavering support for the families of the 96.
Outside of Liverpool the City, your influence and impact on the global Liverpool fan base has been seismic. The fervour and excitement experienced in Liverpool each week is replicated in pubs and clubs around the globe at unprecedented levels. Your brilliant team has inspired a whole new generation of die-hard Reds in every corner of the globe.
In terms of the football, I want to thank you for taking a Club mired in mediocrity upon your arrival to the summit of European and World Football, and, as we enter the New Year, in a fantastic position to possibly achieve the ultimate prize in England.
I want to thank you for making us believe again, because when you arrived we really didn’t. We had hope in our hearts – we always do – and we allowed ourselves to dream a bit. Our loyalty, of course, never wavered. But belief had taken a bit of a hammering since the ‘90s. You sussed it within weeks, and told us so, right to our faces. The lack of belief was there, hidden in plain sight, but we hadn’t admitted it even to ourselves.

With that in mind, I want to also thank you for changing – or rather reestablishing – the winning mentality of Liverpool Football Club.
Too many years of underachievement had seen Liverpool become a ‘selling club.’ But in four short years you’ve managed to convince the world’s elite players to turn towards the bright lights of Anfield, not away from them.
We as fans had become too accepting of the club’s apparent resignation that our top players were likely to be poached by ‘European Giants’. Those same players and their clubs now look on with envy. You reminded everyone that in terms of ‘European Giants’ no-one is bigger than Liverpool.
In the 70s and 80s, Liverpool FC were the most feared team in Europe. At long last, that feeling of European invincibility is back.
I want to thank you for changing your team’s mentality from one that hoped to win, to one that now expects to win. From one determined to play well for the fans to one fiercely determined to win for the fans.
Your ‘never say die’ attitude has translated to your squad and to the Liverpool fan base. We rarely lose now because mentally we just don’t think that way anymore. You’ve infected the players and fans with the winning habit and it’s highly contagious. Fans who once left the ground 10 minutes from time with their team struggling are now spending those last 10 minutes urging their team over the line. It is those last gasp points that may make all the difference in the coming months.
We, as Liverpool fans, always knew in our heart of hearts that our club meant more than any other, but it took you to not only remind us, but to announce it to the world so that every fan of every club hears it:

We. Are. Liverpool. This. Means. More. Just typing it gets the adrenaline flowing.
You have built the finest team in world football over the last 12 months.
You have built a team with England’s best defence, the most feared and lethal front three in world football, the world’s greatest goalkeeper, and a midfield engine room of awesome, world-class power.
Your ability in the transfer market, along with the wizardry of Michael Edwards, has seen unprecedented success. No other managerial team has ever had such astonishing decision-making skill regarding which players to release, who to retain, and who to buy.
And then when you have them, you improve every single one of them. You have taken an unknown Hull City defender and made him world-class. A local academy boy has, at age 21, become the most feared right back in Europe.
In Alisson and Van Dijk, you bought premium class players and still improved them. The European Team of the Season was dominated by players, bought, shaped and developed by you and your coaching staff.
And everyone, everyone you treat with respect. From those in the media to the adoring fans on matchday to every member of the backroom staff irrespective of position. Even those players you have decided to let go, you always did do with the utmost respect.

Players leave with their heads held high and their reputations intact. There has been no shunning or freezing out, no ‘throwing players under a bus.’ Instead, there is dignity, respect and appreciation – even, it must be said, for those whose loyalty to themselves exceeded their loyalty to you, the fans and the club.
So thank you for the fist pumps, thank you for the bear hugs and thank you for the great big laughs.
Thank you for legging it on to the pitch to hug Alisson in the Derby. Thank you for swearing with excitement live on American television, and thank you for your unrelenting positivity even on the challenging days. It is who you are, it is what you are and we wouldn’t change you for the world.
Just one last thing, I know a lot of Liverpool legends to know don’t really like being called ‘legends’, but I’m sorry, you already are one. As with Shanks, Sir Bob, Sir Kenny, Joe Fagan and Rafa, you’ll be on the flags, the banners and mentioned in songs at Anfield for generations to come.
So thank you, on behalf of millions of Reds fans worldwide, for taking Liverpool FC back to the absolute pinnacle of footballing excellence in 2019 and creating one of – if not the greatest team – in our entire 127-year history.

You’ll Never Walk Alone.
Sincerely, Alex Malone
What a brilliant article. I wish I had written it myself! :LOL: (y)
 

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When the rumours started to circulate about Klopp coming to Liverpool, I spoke to my boss ( a fellow Red ) about it and we agreed that we had always done best as a club (in our lives) under really low profile managers and Ancelotti would be the better fit.
So I also had doubts that have now been dispelled.
I thought the same, but for different reasons. Geggenpress was a tactic most effective against sides that valued possession, and I felt that era was already on its way out thus making his most defining value less useful moving forward that it had been for the past 10 years. That was a perspective that understood only about 5% of what Klopp brings to the table.
 

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I think the manner of Sunday's win against Everton sums up the huge transformation LFC has undergone since Jurgen arrived. I was originally a doubter and he has convinced me 100% to be a believer. I watch every match thinking Jurgen's boys are going to win. And it doesn't matter Jurgen suddenly puts six or seven youth players into the match day first team, my confidence in their ability is unwavering. 2019 was a great year and I don't see that changing any time soon.
 

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This is a fantastic article/interview with Pep.. Wasn't sure where to place it but has huge insight into Klopp..

This is great:

There was another moment early on in Klopp’s reign when Lijnders realised that his work was being appreciated by the new man at the helm.

“Jurgen came to me with a letter that someone from Germany had written to him,” he reveals.

“It had a CV with it from a coach who was looking for a job at Liverpool. It was written in English and Jurgen came to me and said ‘Pep, what is this? I don’t understand it.’ So I started to read it out and said ‘Gaffer, this guy wants to be on the training pitch with you doing sessions.’

“Jurgen said: ‘Ah, so basically he wants your job?’ I said: ‘Yes, you could look at it like that!’ He took the letter, ripped it up, threw it in the bin and walked off without saying anything. That was when I thought ‘things are going well here’. It’s difficult to put a moment like that into words.
 

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I loved this bit. It puts so much into focus regarding some of the personnel decisions that have been made. If it hasnt been made clear why players like Sakho were allowed to leave, why certain "no brainer" targets were not pursued, and why men like Hendo and Milner have such stature in the club then this should illuminate...

“The passion and ambition of these players is from another planet,” Lijnders tells The Athletic.

“Their self-confidence, their self-criticism, that is what makes us consistent. These boys have the ability to make even a simple rondo competitive.

“People talk about going game to game — no, we commit session to session. Small things make big things happen. You have to focus on doing the small things right constantly.