It goes without saying that Jurgen Klopp is a charismatic, passionate figure who most players would run through a brick wall for.
The German can always be seen giving his players bear hugs after the final whistle – win, lose or draw – and makes it his goal to address the Kop end of Anfield in appreciation of their support; he is simply loved by everyone at Liverpool right now, especially after making them European champions.
Whilst it will be simple for the club to lure top players this summer after a sixth major European Cup win, it wasn’t always like this.
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When Klopp first arrived on Merseyside, Liverpool were languishing outside the top six and had little pulling power other than their rich history. So, how did the former Borussia Dortmund boss manage to convince so many players to join his Anfield revolution?
Let’s hear from the players themselves…
Arguably the most important signing for Liverpool last summer was the deal to bring Fabinho to Anfield, a destructive midfield presence but one with the technical skills to match his teammates’ ability.
When signing for the Merseysiders, the Brazil international cited Klopp’s impact in the deal as a pivotal factor, saying:
“It’s been a few weeks [since Liverpool first got in touch]. I spoke with people from the club, with the coach (Klopp), which gave me a lot of confidence.
“I wanted to go to a club that really wanted me, which showed great interest. With all that, it was easy to say yes.”
The No.13, who was instrumental in the Reds winning a sixth major European Cup last season, had an offer to join Chelsea last summer as Liverpool also competed with the Blues.
It must’ve been a tough choice, but the Brazil international revealed that a chat with the German boss helped convince him.
“[Klopp] is a person who gives himself 100 percent to what he is doing. The chat I had with him [before joining Liverpool] is one of the things that left me more calm.
“He showed his interest in having me, not only the club’s interest but also his. It was a long interview despite my staggered English, but we understood each other well.”
Back in 2016, both Manchester United and Liverpool – two fierce rivals – were vying for Sadio Mane’s signature, although the Senegalese forward eventually signed for the Reds due to one factor; Klopp.
“I spoke with [Klopp] and I think he played a big role in me coming to Liverpool and I want to thank him for all the confidence.
“He said he wanted me to come and I didn’t try to ask myself questions as I was convinced Liverpool was the right club for me. It is the right club, right coach and right moment to change.”
Perhaps not one of the most in-demand footballers that Klopp has signed, Wijnaldum was still convinced by Klopp’s words when discussing a potential move to Anfield after Newcastle were relegated.
The Dutchman revealed all about how the former Mainz boss chatted to him about his football on a personal level, which appears to have been key in luring him to Merseyside.
“We talked about football and how he wants to play, how he sees me in his team. And also that he can make me a much better player because he said: ‘You can develop much more than you have now.
“I also had it in my head that I can be much better than right now and I had a feeling that he was the right man to help me with that.”