Klopp took charge of his first Liverpool game at Anfield yesterday, drawing 1-1 with Rubin Kazan, and Danny Murphy has told talkSPORT that he has noticed a singular action which the German boss does, not seen in many other managers.
The former Liverpool midfielder said: “I was at the Tottenham game, and I watched him closely, and he kicks every ball and is really involved. I’ll tell you the one thing he did, which I’ve not really seen from any other manager. Everything positive, which one of his players did, he applauded and tried to tell them well done. The positivity and encouragement from him is not something many managers do.”
Klopp has built a reputation in his successful career as a brilliant tactician, but an even better motivator, and it is clear that he has set one of his early priorities at Liverpool as bringing back positivity to Anfield.
The latter stages of Brendan Rodgers’ reign were defined by the seemingly endless misery of players, fans and manager, and as soon as Klopp was appointed head coach the mood seemed to drastically improve.
Whilst the fans were dreaming of a brighter future under the German boss, Klopp himself has had to work to establish this sort of mentality in the players he has inherited, and Murphy has admitted that he saw Klopp actively encouraging every single action the players did in their opening game against Spurs.
This sort of positive reinforcement will build confidence in the players, meaning they will be encouraged to try more complex actions, which will then be praised by the head coach.
The cycle of encouraging his players is how Klopp has built such good relationships with nearly all the players he has managed in his career, and it appears he is already starting to become friendly with the Liverpool squad, which should start to show a benefit later on in the campaign.