Liverpool defender labels Klopp crazy, says he's loving life at Anfield

J├╝rgen Klopp

Reds youngster Brad Smith feels he is thriving under the German manager's watchful eye.

Liverpool defender Brad Smith has told the Liverpool Echo that he is loving life at the club under "crazy" Jurgen Klopp and is benefiting from the manager's hands-on approach.

Smith made his debut for the Reds in the final match of 2013 under Brendan Rodgers as a substitute in a League Cup tie, but had not featured again for the club's first-team until Klopp took over as manager in November.

Within weeks of the German's arrival, the 21-year-old had been handed a new long-term contract, and in December he made his second senior appearance for the club nearly two years after his first.

His impressive cameo in the 6-1 victory over Southampton in the Capital One Cup saw him rewarded with a first start for the club in the Europa League draw with Sion a week later, and he has been handed further starts in FA Cup ties and replays with Exeter City and West Ham United, scoring his first goal for the club against the former.

The Australian admitted he is delighted to have become involved in the first-team set-up under Klopp, whom he described as "crazy", and praised the former Borussia Dortmund manager's hands-on style.

Smith told the Echo: “He’s a great manager, he’s a bit crazy. He’s really hands on with all the players, individually goes and talks to me about what he thinks I need to work on and it’s to work on my defensive play, because he likes me going forward, so he’s got me to work on that really.

"It was a crazy season coming back to Liverpool, the manager took a liking in me and gave me a few chances. It’s going well but it’s a big club and naturally I’m not in the squad every week.

"He sat me down and told me that’s going to happen because of the big players there. Every chance I get, I’m enjoying it."

With Liverpool chasing European qualification through the Premier League, Smith might find further chances hard to come by in the remaining weeks of the season.

However, with the club still in the Europa League he could be given further action in the quarter-final tie against Borussia Dortmund, and he looks set to continue his integration into life as a senior player at Anfield next season.

Register for LIVERPOOL team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch