Klopp says Liverpool's winning exploits inspired by the All Blacks

Jurgen Klopp says success of Liverpool’s winning exploits is inspired by the All Blacks… as Reds boss reveals a documentary on the rugby giants influenced his coaching career

  • Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopps has taken inspiration from the All Blacks
  • The Reds won Premier League title in emphatic fashion after incredible season 
  • Klopp explained that he was inspired by a documentary on the rugby giants 

Jurgen Klopp has revealed the inspiration he has taken from the All Blacks to help make Liverpool title winners.

Liverpool’s manager has always tried to think in different ways to squeeze extra improvement from his team, such as appointing a throw-in coach to his technical staff in September 2018 and asking a world champion surfer to give a motivational talk to his squad last August.

Klopp’s respect for New Zealand’s all-conquering side dates back to 2001 when he had just started out as a manager at Mainz. He watched a documentary and was so moved by what he saw that he would have his players listen to the Haka before they left the dressing room.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has revealed the Reds success has been inspired by the All Blacks

Klopp watched a documentary on the rugby giants and was moved by what he watched

Though he has not done that with Liverpool’s squad, Klopp has carried the ethos of the New Zealand team with him. The All Blacks are never allowed to reflect on achievements and must challenge themselves to scale the next peak — and that has never been truer than now at Anfield.

On Thursday, they travel to face Manchester City, who Klopp says have been playing football ‘like the stars in the sky’ since the season restarted, and the German wants to see his newly-crowned champions display the traits that will show Liverpool will remain the team to beat.

‘It’s the boys, it’s the focus, it’s the concentration level — it’s not thinking about the last game,’ said Klopp. ‘It’s the club. It’s the pressure we get from the size of the club. It’s a mix of everything. It’s a desire to create your own history. That’s what we wanted.

‘We feel in the middle of something, not the end of something. I’ve said it for a couple of years and it’s true. The end of something is when we finish our careers. That’s the end of this period of our lives. Until we finish our careers, we have to give everything.

Liverpool travel to Manchester City after claiming their first ever Premier League title

‘As long as you wear this shirt, less than 100 per cent is not allowed. It’s not my phrase. It came from the All Blacks. I saw that in a nice documentary for the All Blacks and I kept that always for myself. I was completely impressed by these big fellas and how they spoke.

‘They were amateurs, maybe they got a little bit of money, I don’t know. They worked as butchers, builders. These guys, these pretty impressive guys, just spoke about their past, what it meant to them to play for this team.

‘That is for each LFC player and me the same. That is what we try to live.’

Klopp has not seen anything in training to suggest his squad have taken things easy since Thursday. Training has been sharp and, in the German’s eyes, it has needed to be as he feels facing City is ‘the most difficult game in football’.

Many will be looking at this fixture to see if pointers can be gleaned for next season — can City strike back? Can Liverpool maintain their dominance?

Klopp said that Liverpool have been training hard since they won the title last week

But Klopp does not believe it will have any long-term bearing.

‘I don’t think we have to make a statement,’ said Klopp. ‘What would change for next year if we beat City or if they beat us? If we win, people will say we are the best team in the league, and if they win, people will say City are better but we won the league.

‘That is really not so important. For next season, for sure not. We both have to be ready for next year, not that I will worry too much about City, but that we all have to be ready. That is what we have to do. It is difficult and it clearly will not get easier.’

Here came the first admission from Klopp that it will not be a two-horse race in 2020-21. Liverpool and City have been miles ahead of the pack but Klopp has been watching developments in another part of Manchester — and London — and knows there are other opponents on the horizon.

‘You can really see in this moment that United are coming up,’ said Klopp, whose side are aggressively pursuing the record 100-point tally Guardiola’s City set in 2017-18.

Klopp also said that Manchester United are developing well and could become title contenders

‘It is pretty much the same team as a few weeks ago when people thought they had no chance.

‘But now, besides one or two more players, people can see how good they are and how good they can be. They will not be worse next year, for sure not, and Chelsea as well. It is not about City and us. It was for one or two years at the top of the table between City and us.

‘City have all the tools you need to be there consistently. If we have them, then we have to show it. When you think you have reached the pinnacle, you are already on the way down. But we do not feel satisfied. We’ve made an unbelievable step — but it is not the last.’

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