“Some people believe football is a matter of life and death, I am very disappointed with that attitude. I can assure you it is much, much more important than that.” ~ Bill Shankly.
We certainly don’t want to undermine one of our greatest manager’s best-ever quotes, but the brutal reality is that no matter how much we all care, at the end of the day, football is no more than a game.
It seems like Klopp knows this. Does he want to win? Absolutely. But is he willing to sacrifice he’s players’ emotional well-being to achieve it? No.
Have a reach of this touching story regaled by Dejan Lovren in today’s Echo:
“I will never forget he gave me a couple of days off when I had a problem with my daughter and she was ill and in hospital. She needed an operation.
“It was at the time of the Augsburg game away in February and he said to me, ‘Go to Croatia. Be with your daughter’. These things are big for a player. He showed his personality then.”
We’re lucky to have a man of such calibre in charge. He cares about his players and the team, and he knows that without inner happiness we’ll never achieve greatness.
What do you think of the story? Did Jurgen make the right decision?