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Lallana has impressed under Klopp.

Adam Lallana: Jurgen Klopp promised Capital One Cup final would be the 'first of many'

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The positive impact Jurgen Klopp has made since taking over as Liverpool manager in October cannot be overstated.

Under former boss Brendan Rodgers, the Reds lacked inspiration and ‘character’, as the Welshman infamously used to put it.

However, Liverpool are a different animal with Klopp at the helm and look set for a bright future if his short but successful tenure so far is anything to go by.

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Two finals in his debut season - with one still to play - is a fine return, and it seems the German has promised his players that greater success is yet to come.

This is according to Adam Lallana, per The Sun, who claims that Klopp made a pledge to Liverpool prior to their Capital One Cup final defeat to Manchester City in February.

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The England international said: “He said it would be the ‘first of many finals’ and it just stuck in my mind from the moment he said it.

“He said we would use the experience whether we won at Wembley or not.

“We were on the losing side that day but I learned from it and I’m sure the other players did too. We will be better for it and more prepared for this final.”

And learn from it Liverpool must in the build up to one of the biggest games in the club’s history.

The Reds take on Sevilla in the Europa League final on Wednesday in a bid to claim their first piece of European silverware since 2005.

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A difficult test awaits them, though, with their La Liga opponents gunning for a third-straight Europa League title.

Lallana was full of praise for Klopp, particularly hailing his man management.

“He is a great character to have around,” he continued. “I think his traits bring the best out of a lot of players.

“People speak about the hugs he seems to give everyone but sometimes that can mean a lot to a player.

“It can make you feel wanted and shows he appreciates the hard work you have put into a game.

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“He is animated and emotional on match days and that makes him who he is. But when you come away from that he’s very affectionate and has a laugh and a joke."

For all the affection Klopp shows, though, Lallana admitted the German has a dark side.

He added: “He doesn’t get too angry, more disappointed if we haven’t shown our best. He is emotional and aggressive in his demands but he doesn’t get angry.

“But he doesn’t do passive. That is a word he uses a lot - he says if you defend passive there is no point in playing.

“You can make a mistake and he accepts you will have a bad game but he really won’t be happy if you are not giving your all.”

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