Liverpool keeper Simon Mignolet explains what Jurgen Klopp does to inspire team

Jurgen Klopp hug

Simon Mignolet has revealed that Jurgen Klopp's touchy-feely management style has given the Reds extra belief.

Simon Mignolet has revealed to Liverpool's official website that he and his teammates become inspired when they receive a hug from manager Jurgen Klopp.

"He's hugged with all of the players and it gives you a good feeling because it means you know he is behind you and supporting you," he said.

"That's what you need as a player - the confidence of the manager and the whole staff, [knowing] that they're behind you and we're working in the same direction," the Belgian added.

The maverick boss appears to have worked wonders in his first few weeks at the helm at Anfield. During the final few months of Brendan Rodgers' tenure, the Reds often looked flat and low on confidence - even last season's best player Philippe Coutinho was struggling to showcase his quality.

However, the former Borussia Dortmund manager has instilled the kind of confidence that nearly took the Merseyside outfit to the Premier League title in 2013/14.  

From his first eight games since being appointed in October, Klopp's men have tasted defeat just once, and have gone to both Stamford Bridge and the Etihad Stadium, taken three points and on both occasions and dismantled sides that have previously won the title. 

Oddly, the true test of how much of an impact Klopp has had since his arrival may well come when the Reds come up against teams at Anfield that they would expect to comfortably beat. Should they pass that test, they may find themselves on the verge of going one step further than the side that fell away so agonisingly 18 months ago.

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