The sight of Jurgen Klopp hugging his players at the end of a game has become a regular sight for Liverpool fans.
And it’s not just his own players that the German hugs. Back in April, Klopp embraced Harry Kane after Liverpool’s 1-1 draw with Tottenham.
It’s a ritual that he has brought over from Borussia Dortmund and it’s fair to say it’s gone down a treat on Merseyside. Simon Mignolet admitted last year that Klopp’s hugs help to inspire the team to victory and Emre Can has revealed exactly what goes down during a hug from the boss.
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Can is one of the first to greet Klopp after games and more often than not, has just delivered a performance that the Liverpool manager can be proud of.
The 22-year-old has developed into one of Liverpool’s most important players this season and is tipped to become a future captain.
In an interview with Liverpool’s website, the German was asked what Klopp says to him at the end of games.
“It depends on the game,” he replied. “If I play good then he does and if I play bad then I don’t get a hug, maybe! No, I always get a hug.
“Of course, when we win and when I make a good game, when he gives me a hug he says funny things. It’s always different things.”
Given that Klopp once said on the thought of facing Bayern Munich: “We have a bow and arrow and if we aim well, we can hit the target. The problem is that Bayern has a bazooka,” we can only imagine how interesting his post-game chats with his players are.
Last year, Mignolet explained how important he and his teammates find Klopp’s hugs.
The Belgian goalkeeper told Liverpool’s website: “He's hugged with all of the players and it gives you a good feeling because it means you know he is behind you and supporting you.
“That's what you need as a player – the confidence of the manager and the whole staff, [knowing] that they're behind you and we're working in the same direction.”
And if the hands-on style continues to bring cup finals, perhaps the other 19 Premier League managers should try it.
Liverpool take on Sevilla in the Europa League final on May 18 as they look to win their first trophy since 2012 and secure automatic qualification to next season’s Champions League.
Klopp will hope that final goes better than the Capital One Cup final, which Liverpool lost on penalties to Manchester City.
The Reds have made tangible progress under the former Borussia Dortmund boss. His methods may appear wacky but they certainly work.
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