Praise from the manager in the short term has the potential to work wonders for players but it is praise after coming through a gruelling season to achieve success that is far more worthwhile and Jurgen Klopp knows that.
The German is all for boosting the confidence of his players and doing his best to fuel their strong performances yet very rarely will he turn too much of his post-match attention to highlighting a standout display from an individual.
He never dwells on the past whether it is good or bad and is only ever looking ahead, especially when he knows his players are capable of mounting a serious title challenge.
After being asked for his opinion on Jordan Henderson’s role in yesterday’s 4-1 win over Stoke, Klopp was quick to turn a focus towards the next game.
He told Liverpoolfc.com: “He is a very important player, but it’s not the moment to praise single players. I don’t think they need it in this moment, they are all happy about the team performance, the result and the goals we scored.”
“He has been doing really well over the long-term, but it’s not a moment to lean back or whatever. He will not. But my feeling is always that when we speak about one player, we speak always about the past. I already think about the next game, to be honest, and hopefully we can do better because we can do better than we did tonight.”
There’s no over-complimenting the players nor is there a total ignorance for their quality. It is a team effort and Klopp is doing his best to ensure everyone is in this for the long haul.
Manchester City on New Year’s Eve poses as the chance to put a gap between us and Pep Guardiola’s side. There is never any doubt over Klopp’s preparations and we are confident he will have the players ready for one of the most important games of the season.