Nigel is a Liverpool FC fan since the year 2003 when he was just 6 years old and witnessed many Liverpool FC epic moments since 2003.
With the rise of social media in our lives, you may have had a glimpse or two of Liverpool Fc’s players mingling around closely. Players like Trent Alexander-Arnold forming a good relationship with his Left Back partner, Andy Robertson.
Or players like Mo Salah and a certain former Liverpool Fc Defender, Dejan Lovren. And if you noticed something, the team manager, Jurgen Klopp, seems to have a close relationship with his players.
Honestly, this is what most managers want in their football team, players being close to each other, whether it is on the field or off the field, that’s the kind of teamwork every other club manager wants.
But Jurgen Klopp is special, he seems to have the whole team in the same mindset. He is what we millennial might call today, a good boss.
Besides players and team manager relationships, the staff of Liverpool Fc formed a formidable relationship together. The staffs are close to the players and the players are close to the staffs. It’s like, the whole team is a family.
The players are friends on and off the field.
A little bit about Jurgen,
Jurgen Klopp was once a football player hailing from Germany, in the nineties, he played for a German team called Mainz 05 who is in the second division of the German league and spent most of his career with the club.
By 2001, he was retired from being a player, immediately the club he spent his playing career with, called him back to be a manager of the club.
He was the manager of Mainz 05 for 7 years, during this period, Mainz 05 was promoted to the first division of Germany, the Bundesliga. This is the first glimpse of what a talented manager he is.
In 2008, he moved to Borussia Dortmund, one of the biggest clubs in German football, a sleeping giant. He spent the first few years building the team through the club’s academy system which produced players like, Marco Reus, Mario Gotze and many more.
This is when Mr Jurgen showed his potential as a manager, winning two Bundesliga titles during his tenure and put a short end to Bayern Munich’s dominance.
FUN FACT: Jurgen Klopp likes to wear a tracksuit for the matches, he is rarely seen wearing a suit & tie. In between his job at Mainz 05 and Borussia Dortmund, he was approached for the managerial job for Hamburg, another big team in the Bundesliga, however, he was rejected for the job because he didn’t want to wear a Suit & Tie to the matches and the rest is history.
So, we continue, after leaving Dortmund to take a break, Liverpool Fc came coming and signed Klopp in 2015. Things started slowly in Klopp’s tenure with him still using the same players the previous manager had.
But things start to take a turn in 2016 when Jurgen started signing more players, these are the players who will fulfil his vision and the fans knew that.
In 2018, the first glimpse of change came when Liverpool Fc brought in Mo Salah and got themselves in the final of the Champions league, all with teamwork.
2019 was the year we fans can see that the whole Liverpool Fc team was united more than ever, this unity brought us the UEFA Champions League trophy, one since 2005.
In 2020, the same Liverpool team Klopp managed, brought an end to the Liverpool Fc league title drought, which spanned 30 years. Fans look to see more from Klopp.
How Klopp reduced the gaps in between personnel’s
The great Steven Gerrard once complimented the cafeteria lady that she cooked food as good as his mum’s. These days, everyone in the team seems to be closer than ever to the staffs of LFC.
Jurgen Klopp’s mentality of teamwork has brought the team closer to each other, one can say he is like that one “Hipster” boss you have in your company who emphasizes in creating closeness and reducing power gaps in between the staffs.
In a psychological way, this method of management helps to motivate team members more and reduce major conflicts within the team. Jurgen Klopp is the right man for the job with his “happy go lucky” attitude and him being a father figure to most players in the team.
Klopp is known to be a friendly manager, of course, if you don’t get into the wrong side of him. This small but important psychological characteristic of a leader is important to a team to unite.
Liverpool Fc still have players signed by previous managers, for instance, club captain, Jordan Henderson, James Milner, Roberto Firmino and Divock Origi, who formed close bonds with the new signings since Klopp’s arrival.
How Klopp Treats His Players
If you’re a LFC fan, you’d know that earlier in 2020, the players and managerial staff of the team sing happy birthday to whoever the birthday boy or girl is in English and their native languages. If you aren’t a fan, you can watch the video below.
Liverpool Fc is a multinational team, players from all around the continents play in this team. It is on great gesture from Klopp’s managerial team to encourage the players to do this ritual to bond with each other in the team.
2020 is not the best year but when you watch footage of the team on You tube, you can tell that the players and the coaches have formed a close bond with each other. From all the banter to the seriousness between personnel, it is safe to say that it’s a positive relationship
To tell you the truth, he is like a father to all of us, he is the captain of the ship, but not a captain from distance, a captain from the inside. He likes to be close to the players and, as you can see when he gives interviews and press conferences, he has a special character
— Adrian San Miguel, Liverpool FC Goalkeeper
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What About The Fans?
I wouldn’t be writing this if Jurgen Klopp didn’t formed a close relationship with the fans. As a fan myself, I haven’t felt so committed to watching LFC games until Klopp came into the mix.
Previously, I was still watching the matches, but I didn’t feel the enthusiasm in every match, it felt like the winning mentality was missing.
You’d notice, in the early days of his tenure in Liverpool Fc, he celebrated every goal of the team in a style not many football managers would celebrate.
Although he does less of that now, but when he celebrates a goal it is with enthusiasm just like the fans, this connects the fans with the manager more.
Also, the efforts of the LFC staffs and the power of social media, Jurgen Klopp has the platform to wish fans during festive seasons and expose the team positively, to Klopp, it is two-way communication all the time.
The Never Say Never Attitude
Ever since the arrival of Jurgen Klopp, besides his way of revolutionizing football in England through his Gegenpressing technique or heavy metal football which is based on Klopp’s personality.
Gegenpressing is a high paced pressing technique developed from Klopp which enables players to immediately get back the ball after losing it.
With the development of the team and new signings to the team, the Klopp leadership gave birth to the “never say never” attitude in the team.
This is evident during the win in the 2019 Liverpool FC vs Barcelona FC Champions League match in Anfield, where Liverpool FC came back from a 0-3 aggregate score to win 4-3 in one of the most memorable comebacks in football.
In a recent example, on 22nd November 2020, Liverpool FC were without their regular back four, their club captain and Mo Salah, they faced an in-form Leicester City and came out victorious with a 3-0 score in Anfield.
This shows that Jurgen Klopp has instilled a never give up attitude in the team and the fans are the reason for them to win these games.
© 2020 Nigel Koay