Liverpool balls: Danny Ings turns Klopp is the new Shankly
Klopp Watch: Gary Neville was annoyed by BT Sport’s Klopp cam, a little box in the corner of the screen that kept track of every smile, grin and physical jerk by Liverpool’s new manager Jurgen Klopp.
Klopp is hailed as that most rare of sporting gems: the likeable German.
In the Mirror, before a ball has been kicked under his guiding smile, the paper told readers:
Liverpool’s Jurgen Klopp had the air of Bill Shankly about him at first pre-match press conference
Shankly was the manager who inspired Liverpool to greatness.
David Maddock began his article:
If there is one word Jurgen Klopp has used above all others since arriving at Anfield, it is “dream”.
He is living it, he insists, and he wants his players and the Liverpool supporters to do the same. His aim, above all others, is to get his new club dreaming again… There is something of the Shankly about him when he says, calmly, he has always preferred to concentrate on those who are available, rather than worry about the players who aren’t.
That’s pretty much what every manager does, is not, focusing on playing the fit over the ill, in this case not dwelling on injury to striker Danny Ings.
“As a manager, one of the things I learnt first you do not think about the players who are not available at this moment, because there is no chance to get lucky if you do this all of the time,” he explained with a smile… Shankly was famous for refusing to speak to injured players, blanking them as though they didn’t exist until they were fit and useful to him again.
Blimey! It’s the second coming.