Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has revealed the details of the discussions he has with players before they make the move to Anfield.
Klopp has revolutionised the Reds since his 2015 arrival, winning the Champions League and Premier League.
Indeed, along the way, he has brought in crucial signings such as Sadio Mane and Virgil van Dijk. Liverpool have been praised by pundits everywhere for their fantastic recruitment.
But while sporting director Michael Edwards plays a key role, so too does Klopp – in talking to prospective new signings.
The German coach has now shared the details of how he gets his new players on board in such discussions, talking in an extract from a new book on Liverpool’s recent title triumph.
“We get as much knowledge about the boys as we can,” Klopp said in an interview for Believe Us (via The Independent).
“But the most important sign of their character is actually the way they play football before we work together, because that’s what attracts us.
“That’s why we are thinking about them. It’s their skills, yes, but very important is the character they show on the pitch.
“It’s really rare that you get to see a completely honest football player on the pitch and then you meet him and think, ‘What kind of idiot is that?’ I can’t remember that really happening.
Klopp’s key demand
Klopp also revealed how, upon talking to new players, he demands 100 per cent commitment to his team.
“So, you know a lot before you meet the player, but then you get some vital, final information when you see him. What has the same importance is they get a lot of information about me and our working style,” he added.
“And that’s why these kinds of talks are so important because we make a real agreement in them. I tell the boys, ‘We are sitting here together because we want to sign you and you want to join us, which is all great, but from now on, less than 100 per cent is not allowed.’
“I know it’s only words, but it is the basis for us. From time to time, I remind the boys about our agreement.
“The target is to reach your highest point as often as possible individually and we throw it together and then it must be pretty much an explosion. And I really like that. So, on my side, I agree to help them 100 per cent and we share responsibility for their future.”
Liverpool increased their reputation for making expert signings by bringing in Diogo Jota from Wolves. The £41million buy raised eyebrows, but he has scored seven goals in 10 games.
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