Jurgen Klopp’s emotions on the sideline during yesterday’s win against Sunderland represented the reason why we love him so dearly.
His passion on the touchline inspired the capacity of Anfield to rediscover the fight and roar that undoubtedly pushed the team to find a winner. It was remarkable to see one man rally an entire stadium and to have such an influence on the outcome of the game.
He had no intention of letting Sunderland walk away with a point, and made sure that wasn’t the case by not only calling for more noise but by stopping the fans from groaning at the home team’s mistakes.
Reflecting on the game, Klopp told Liverpoolfc.com: “I believe in atmosphere. I think it’s a big, big part of the game, part of the joy.”
“The crowd was really, really, really good in the first half and in the second half it was like ‘come on, now we’ve waited long enough’. Like I said, in a game like this the decisions are made in the small moment, in the detail.”
“Atmosphere’s more than a detail, but it makes everything easier. That’s why I tried to remind the crowd, and they reacted more than brilliantly. After that it was easier for everyone to enjoy the challenge today.”
A tense crowd soon became one that was determined to drive their team to a hard fought victory.
Klopp’s cries for louder and more imposing support paid off as the players responded, increasing the tempo of their game and putting Sunderland under serious pressure.
The increasing will to win resulted in wild celebrations when Divock Origi eventually made the break through with 15 minutes remaining.
For a game that failed to catch the eye on paper, it proved to be one we won’t forget for a while.
Atmosphere means everything to Klopp and he made sure the fans played their part yesterday.