Besides implementing his on-field methods at Liverpool, Jurgen Klopp has helped create an incredible unity behind the scenes.
Skipper Jordan Henderson has paid tribute to the contributions of every member of the club, including those who have barely featured this season and even the talented up and coming youth stars.
The cliché ‘family feel’ is unavoidably applicable when it comes to discussing what this Liverpool team is all about. Everyone is on the same page in terms of the mentality, the approach to training and game day and the direction this club is heading in.
“One thing has stood out and that’s how together this group of players is and how much we trust in each other,” wrote Henderson in his ‘This is Anfield’ notes, as cited by Liverpoolfc.com.
“Everyone – and I mean everyone – has contributed. From the oldest member to the youngest. There are players who aren’t often in front of the TV cameras but they’ve been massive for the dressing room. Alex Manninger is a perfect example of this: in the background but someone players can turn to for advice and help – and not just ‘keepers.”
“The younger lads, like Trent, Ovie, Harry and Ben, have added a real sense of enthusiasm and freshness to us. There’s been players like Joe Gomez, whose opportunities have been limited but whose attitude day-to-day makes us as a group stronger and better. Danny Ings another one – plays a part in making Melwood what it is day-to-day.”
“I think that’s going to be our biggest strength going forward, that as a group we believe in each other, support each other in tough times and celebrate each other’s achievements in good moments.”
Sunday’s clash with Middlesbrough will require that same togetherness as the Reds look to for the three points needed to secure their place in next season’s Champions League.
It will be cruel blow to see such a committed and driven group of players fall short, which is why working relentlessly for one another is perhaps now more important that it has been all season.
This club could be on the brink of a special period and it’s time for the players to ensure that happens sooner rather than later by finishing the job.