Jurgen Klopp has endeared himself to his Liverpool players by forming a seriously tight relationship with them.
The post-match hugs; the frequent nods of approval. Playing under Klopp, especially when the mood is buzzing, must be a delight.
And the mood inside the Anfield dressing room must be pretty electric at the minute. Liverpool look like genuine title contenders, a 2-1 win at Swansea City on Saturday their fifth win of the season.
The Reds are currently fourth in the table and have beaten Arsenal, Leicester City and Chelsea. Impressive stuff.
As Klopp’s first anniversary approaches, Liverpool’s players might be delighted that Fenway Sports Group managed to convince Klopp to join.
One of those enjoying a nice run of form is right back Nathaniel Clyne. The 25-year-old has played every minute in the Premier League this season, even playing through a knee injury that has seen him miss out on the England squad.
It’s that resiliency that has seen Klopp give Clyne a nickname.
“The manager has called me a machine in the past,” the former Southampton player said, per the Mirror.
“I’m not entirely sure why, it’s probably because I play in loads of games and rarely get injured or come off with knocks.
“All I try and do is my best for the team and try not to complain about anything.”
There are plenty of players who could learn a thing or two about Clyne’s attitude. We’re looking at you, Yaya Toure.
Clyne did, however, have one complaint about matters at Liverpool. The defender has seen James Milner make a swift to left back with remarkable ease, and joked about his teammate’s success.
“He seems to make it look easy,” Clyne continued. “I’ve trained my whole career to be a full-back and he comes in and makes it look easy! He’s enjoying it and also getting on the scoresheet.
“He’s a very experienced professional – every team needs a James Milner in their side. He can play in any position.”
Milner has played in a variety of positions throughout his career but Klopp has decided that left back should be his permanent one. And with three goals in his last two games, and four in total for the season, the move represents another stroke of genius from the German.