Jurgen Klopp enthusiasm and positivity rubbing off on Liverpool, says Mignolet

Simon Mignolet

The goalkeeper has highlighted where the side can improve after the draw with Tottenham.

Speaking to the club’s official website, Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet says Jurgen Klopp’s infectious enthusiasm is already rubbing off on the squad.

The German replaced Brendan Rodgers at the club recently and took charge of his first game on Saturday, as his side secured a point in a 1-1 draw with Tottenham at White Hart Lane.

His influence on the side was notable from the start as well as they quickly adapted his high pressing game, becoming the first team to outrun Mauricio Pochettino’s side this season.

And Mignolet says that is as a result of his positivity and infectious enthusiasm rubbing off on the side.

“As you can see he is very enthusiastic and very ambitious,” he told liverpoolfc.com.

“On the line you can see that and it rubs off on the players. He is very positive and he wants everyone to go full blast, like he is as well. And that is good because it goes on to the young players and they can thrive on that.”

It was an enthusiastic start from Klopp’s side at White Hart Lane, with him having to work with reduced numbers after a series of injuries have decimated his squad.

That saw him forced to name several youngsters in his squad to make up the numbers on the bench, while young Belgian forward Divock Origi was tasked with starting up front and came closest to getting a Reds goal when he hit the bar with a header.

There are still work to come from Klopp and Liverpool though, and Mignolet has highlighted where they could improve in future.

“Everybody was pleased with the performance, we did what the gaffer wanted us to do and tried to make it difficult for them to play football,” he added.

“Maybe with the ball we can be a bit better and try to keep the ball. We had a chance in the first half when he hit the bar and it was unfortunate because if that goes in it is a different game. A clean sheet away to Tottenham is a positive and we can look forward to the next game.”

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