It is times like these that some fans might need reminding of how fortunate Liverpool are to have Jurgen Klopp as their manager.
Kevin-Prince Boateng has reflected on his short but special six month loan spell under Klopp at Borussia Dortmund and why he appreciates him so much.
During an in-depth interview with the Guardian, he said: “I could see it immediately. He’s the best coach in the whole world. He knows when to push you and when to comfort you. He knows when you need a drink, when you need water.”
“He has everything. Ask the players and they’ll say: ‘He’s the best, I’d die for him.’ He knows exactly what every player needs and gives them time.”
“There were players at Dortmund who played five minutes in six months but they were happy: happy to come to training, happy to work, because he made you feel important. Not necessarily as a player – maybe he doesn’t need you – but as a person. That’s why he’s successful everywhere. And Liverpool’s perfect; just watching his presentation you see it. ‘The normal one’: people there love that.”
The incredible bond Klopp has with his players has been reflected in Liverpool’s strongest performances under his management. Boateng has played under his fair share of coaches as well, so his word is something to be taken seriously.
He has united this squad and although results haven’t been going our way of late, there has been nothing to suggest the players have turned on the manager or vice-versa. It is a team effort this season and Klopp is at the heart of that philosophy.
It is a privilege to have him at this club and it is up to fans to get behind him.