It’s really not hard to love Jurgen Klopp, and his comments on Football Focus, via the Echo yesterday, enhance that.
Our manager sat down with Dan Walker to discuss a range of subjects, including the reaction to his salute to the crowd following the win against West Brom.
After Divock Origi’s late equaliser which secured a 2-2 draw, Klopp got the players to go and thank the Kop for our noisy support – but some misinformed, misunderstanding opposition fans and pundits said he shouldn’t be celebrating a home draw against a side of West Brom’s stature.
Klopp wasn’t celebrating of course, he was showing gratitude and trying to form a bond between supporters and players.
And he’s perfectly explained his method and its history, stating that Borussia Dortmund had an uninspiring atmosphere before he arrived.
Essentially, Klopp doesn’t care what anybody thinks so long as he unifies Liverpool.
“When I came to Dortmund and we started to work together, it was not the best atmosphere,” he began.
“They (the fans) felt they had to wait too long for the next success. What we did is we created a common atmosphere, only for us. The team started to show the crowd that from this moment on that we were prepared to do more to make it easier for the crowd to enjoy what we were doing.
“That we are talking about this shows me, in my understanding, that something is wrong at the moment in the football world.
“If it is not possible for a team to show they are thankful for the atmosphere, and somebody is then saying ‘this is only for special moments’, why? The people are celebrating each goal. There will always be a gap between us. We play, they watch. That’s not the way I understand life.
“We don’t know how long we live so we have to take the day, we have to take the moment and if there is a moment to celebrate, do it.
“For example, you can go home to your family and celebrate Christmas like you want and it’s not interesting what anybody outside of your four walls says about this.
“They might say ‘they have the trees blinking blue and green, are they crazy?’ And you say it’s a colour you like. It’s not interesting what everybody else says.
“We are not in the world to do what everybody wants. We have to be a group. sometimes it’s family or friends and, how I understand it, LFC is family and friends.”
Well said, boss.
It’s now of course up to the fans to put in as much effort as he is in boosting Anfield on match days. Despite it being Boxing Day yesterday, chants of ‘Where’s your famous atmosphere?’ rang out from the travelling support, which we can’t allow to happen anymore.