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Europe’s Ryder Cup team wants motivational speeches from Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp and our former player/manager Kenny Dalglish, reports the Echo.
Captain Darren Clarke has confirmed that the European team will go down the same route as Paul McGinley last time, who got former Manchester United honcho Sir Alex Ferguson in to give the side a pep talk. They won, making it three in a row, and impressively, eight of the past ten overall.
“Jurgen Klopp is definitely one of the guys I want to speak to, especially as a Liverpool fan myself,” Clarke said.
“He’s an absolute livewire isn’t he? He’s a bundle of energy, and that sort of thing can be infectious.
“He’s obviously very passionate and a terrific motivator so I want to pick his brains a bit.”
“Kenny Dalglish is someone else I’ll seek out, and Sir Alex Ferguson was such an inspirational figure at Gleneagles that I’d love to have him on board again,” Clarke added.
“I’ll be talking to a bunch of people over a whole range of sports. Sir Clive Woodward is another guy who would be very interesting on the team dynamic, and the former Ireland and Lions captain Paul O’Connell is another one.”
Whether Klopp’s a golf fan, we have no idea! German Martin Kaymer is a key member of Europe’s side, while Bernard Langher is one of the greats. Part of us predicts that Klopp isn’t one of the football types who plays golf as a hobby, but reckon Clarke will have no problem at all convincing avid amateur Dalglish!
The Ryder Cup stars in October though, when Liverpool’s campaign will be well under way, so we’re not sure how much time our manager would have to go and share his wisdom anyway.