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Klopp has formed strong bonds with his Liverpool players.

Jurgen Klopp's masterclass in loyalty is reaping rewards for Liverpool

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Much-maligned Liverpool pair Simon Mignolet and Alberto Moreno are likely on most fans’ lists of players to be sold this summer, but if that's Jurgen Klopp’s intentions, he is certainly not letting on.

Left-back Moreno is a particular weak link in a back four that is far from solid yet he continues to earn his manager's trust. Despite the odd goal and occasional assist, the Spaniard remains less of an attacking threat and more of a defensive liability.

However, Klopp is taking the opportunity to prove his man-management credentials by refusing to place his trust in the infamous Anfield transfer committee.

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Instead, the German has demonstrated a level of loyalty to his troops that few before him have done, such as giving goalkeeper Mignolet his full support and following it up with a new five-year deal in January.

Such loyalty is the mark of a top manager, in the same way that ex-Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish stood by flawed genius Luis Suarez and Sir Alex Ferguson persisted with Eric Cantona.

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Indeed, it is Klopp's faith that makes his players want to play and win for the German; to reward him with memorable performances that are above and beyond their natural abilities.

Moreno recently reflected on this season’s change in manager: "It was hard at first with Brendan. He didn't seem to count on me much.

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"I trained, I was 100% and didn't play much. But that's now in the past.

"Working with Mr Klopp, he's put his trust in me and now I'm in one of my best moments as a footballer."

Mignolet and Moreno are still shaky at the back, of course, yet they have the confidence to go out and play in the cauldron of high expectation that is Anfield in the knowing that Klopp is forgiving and will stand by them through thick and thin.

Speaking after the 1-0 defeat away to Villarreal in the Europa League semi-final first leg, Klopp said: "Of course I'm not too happy with the goal we conceded in the last second. Counter-attacking in the 92nd minute makes not much sense - but it is only the first leg.

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"It is 1-0 and they have to come to Anfield where we know how strong we are. We had our moments, we defended really good. This race is not over."

Klopp is now only two games away from achieving Liverpool immortality and it's because he gives his players the opportunity to be heroes that he finds himself in such a position. Unlikely heroes, but heroes all the same.

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