It must be an enlivening experience to play under Jurgen Klopp.
The eccentric Liverpool manager is known as one of the best man-managers in the game, his ability to motivate his players comparable to anyone else.
The German doesn’t like his players to dwell on their defeats. Take what he said to them at the Christmas Party in 2015, for example, after a 3-0 loss to Watford in 2015.
“We are all disappointed, but the game has gone now,” Klopp told his players and staff, per Oliver Kay of The Times. “Right now, this is our priority.
“I don’t mind whether you drink, but no one leaves here before 1am. Whatever we do together, we do as well as we can – and tonight that means we party.”
Simply put, Klopp recognises that not every defeat has to be met with a despondent reaction.
The fact that the Reds would go on to win their next two matches proves that on that night, they were right to party until the early hours of the morning.
What Klopp said after 4-3 Bournemouth defeat
Adam Lallana has recounted a similar story of what happened when Liverpool lost 4-3 to Bournemouth on December 4, 2016.
The Reds had a 3-1 lead with 15 minutes to go but threw it away, Nathan Ake capitalising on Loris Karius’ blunder to grab a 93rd-minute winner.
What made it seemingly worse was the fact that Liverpool had to travel to Barcelona after the match for a Christmas party.
But would Klopp let the awful defeat disrupt the mood of the party? Definitely not.
He delivered a superb message to his players just as their plane landed in Barcelona.
“When we landed in Barcelona, music came on in the plane and he got on the microphone,” Lallana said in a new book about Klopp.
“He was like: 'Listen, lads. If we can party when we win, we can party when we f****** lose.’
“So everyone got off the plane thinking: 'You are right, it is the time to party. Let's party. Let's have a drink.' Which just shows: there is more to life than football.
“Yeah, we did our best; we lost. And yeah, it feels s*** to lose, but there is more to that. The older you get, I think the more it hurts, but the quicker you get over it.”
Liverpool would then go on a seven-match unbeaten run in the league. Klopp knows what he’s doing.
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