Jurgen Klopp has been described as being “crazy” by one of his own players.
Brad Smith, who has earned more recognition since Klopp’s arrival, admits the German is “a great manager”.
Klopp succeeded Brendan Rodgers as Liverpool manager in October and the Reds have shown signs of improvement under the former Borussia Dortmund boss, reaching the Capital One Cup final and Europa League quarter-final.
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Liverpool are expected to show further improvement next year, when Klopp has had a full pre-season to further ingrain his tactics and sign new players, but Smith is already impressed with what the charismatic manager has brought to Anfield.
The Australian admitted that he has benefited from playing under Australia boss Ange Postecoglou because he plays a similar system to Klopp.
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“We actually play very similar, they like to press very hard and the tempo is always fast, so it’s good to have the manager at the club and to come into the Socceroos and the style is the same,” Smith said, per the Liverpool Echo.
He added: “It’s easier for me to fit in.
“The experience helped a lot, Klopp is a great manager and he’s given me my chances. So far it’s going well and I’m enjoying it, that helps with the experience coming into the camp, with the big crowds, it calms you a bit.”
"He's really hands on"
Klopp is well known for his interaction with his players and Smith thinks this has helped his game.
“He’s a great manager, he’s a bit crazy,” the 21-year-old continued:
“He’s really hands on with all the players, individually goes and talks to me about what he thinks I need to work on and it’s to work on my defensive play, because he likes me going forward, so he’s got me to work on that really.
“It was a crazy season coming back to Liverpool, the manager took a liking in me and gave me a few chances. It’s going well but it’s a big club and naturally I’m not in the squad every week.
“He sat me down and told me that’s going to happen because of the big players there. Every chance I get, I’m enjoying it.”
Smith has made seven appearances since Klopp’s arrival and the future looks bright for the Australian.
What will excite him is Klopp’s reputation for promoting and entrusting youth players. Smith is unlikely to be sent out on loan; instead, he’ll be given the chance to compete for a spot in the starting line-up.
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