It’s incredible to think that Jurgen Klopp has been at Liverpool for almost a year now.
The German’s twelve months on Merseyside have flown by as he’s begun to transform fortunes on the pitch at Anfield.
Klopp could only lead the Reds to an eighth-placed finish in the Premier League last season, while they lost both the Capital One Cup and Europa League final. However, it appears his side have greater ambitions this season as their early start has them looking towards a possible title tilt.
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But it’s not just on the pitch that Klopp has helped change things at the club.
The former Borussia Dortmund boss has appeared to galvanise the players and has created a fantastic spirit within the squad.
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And it seems that not only is Klopp a great manager, he is also a very decent person.
That’s because defender Dejan Lovren has revealed a story of how Klopp gave him time off to go to see his sick child - something he will never forget.
“There are a lot of things that I have learnt from him [Klopp] but he is not just a good manager, he is a good man,” he said.
“I will never forget he gave me a couple of days off when I had a problem with my daughter and she was ill and in hospital. She needed an operation.
“It was at the time of the Augsburg game away in February and he said to me, ‘Go to Croatia. Be with your daughter’. These things are big for a player. He showed his personality then.”
It may seem like a small thing, but Lovren obviously really appreciated Klopp’s gesture.
The manager may be willing to grant Lovren special leave again this season if he continues his impressive form. The Croat has formed a solid partnership with Joel Matip in defence as the Reds have got off to a flying start.
Lovren scored only his third goal for the club during his side’s 2-1 victory over Chelsea last month but he insists it’s too early for them to start thinking about a possible title challenge.
“It’s too early to talk about a title challenge but we are positive and we can keep playing well,” he said.
While tactical nous and understanding of the game is imperative for managers, so too is man management and keeping the morale of your players high - something it seems Klopp is more than capable of doing at Liverpool.
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