It’s fair to say that Jurgen Klopp is an infectious man.
He undying spirit on the touchline is often just as entertaining as the game itself; he’s won over countless admirers from other clubs already for the way he conducts himself.
And he thinks that ability to be positive at all times is one of his biggest advantages as a manager.
He made the comments when asked about joining Liverpool and what it was like inside our dressing room.
“I’m ambitious enough, you cannot be more than 100%. Why should I ask people ‘do you think I should do better’ and things like this. That’s my best skill, I can stay positive even when no-one is positive any more,” he said (Echo).
“You need to create an atmosphere in the team where they listen to me and not listen to all around because everyone is ‘you have to do this and that’. At the end, they’re very young lads and we all dream about the experienced players of the past.
“But at one time they were young players, they had not the same qualities. We need to give them the chance to develop, to come there. We always judge so early and say ‘no, we don’t want to see him any more, send him, sell him, we’ll buy him!”
Klopp certainly seems to be living by the philosophy of giving players the chance to develop. Since he has arrived at the club, an incredible 45 different players have played in a first team came – and many of those were youngsters. In our FA Cup game at Exeter last season, he named a squad which had an average age of just 22 years old.
The likes of Ojo, Stewart, Randall, Smith, Brannagan, and Danny Ward were all beneficiaries of his approach.