Wijnaldum reveals only time Jurgen Klopp gets angry at Liverpool's star duo

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Jurgen Klopp's rapid rise to Liverpool icon isn't just down to the team's performances on the pitch over the past 12 months or so.

Of course, sitting second in the table has everyone connected with the club excited. However, it is his positive attitude and camaraderie with players and media alike that has made him an instant cult hero.

But, while he is usually seen with a big grin on his face, there is one thing that will make the German manager lose his cool. At least, that is according to Liverpool's summer signing Georginio Wijnaldum.

Speaking in an in-depth interview with The Guardian, Wijnaldum, a £23 million signing from Newcastle United this summer, credited Klopp with helping him rediscover his love for the game after a difficult season that included relegation from the Premier League and missing out on Euro 2016 with the Netherlands.

Indeed, he said that the conversations he had with Klopp - where the focus was on himself as an individual rather than a footballer - were the main reason he chose Anfield over interest from Tottenham.

However, Klopp isn't always Mr. Nice Guy. While the former Borussia Dortmund manager doesn't necessarily get angry when his players give away the ball there is one thing that frustrates him - especially when it comes to Liverpool's biggest stars.

"The manager gives you confidence. He’s not a manager who yells at you or gets angry with you whenever you make a mistake," Wijnaldum explained.

"He will only get mad if you don’t do the things you are good at.

"So, for example, [Sadio] Mané is a good player who can dribble, [Philippe] Coutinho is a good player who can dribble and if they stop doing that there’s a chance he might get mad and upset because you are not using your quality.

"Against Southampton last week he wanted me to make a run. I did it but it was too late and he said something about it.

“But sometimes, if I lose the ball easily, I expect him to be angry and he’s not."

It really does sound like the old saying, 'I'm not mad, I'm just disappointed'.

Like everyone else watching Liverpool so far this season, Klopp is clearly well aware of the quality he has in his squad.

Mane and Coutinho have been in spectacular form in the opening months of the campaign and, if Liverpool are to maintain their title challenge, the German knows that they have to continue to have faith in their own ability.

Still, it sounds like a pretty relaxed atmosphere at Anfield if the only way you can get in trouble with the boss is by not doing what you do best.

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