Jurgen Klopp has defined his role in the team and it is less of a manager and more of a motivator.
“There are two reasons why I’m so energetic on the sidelines,” Klopp said in a video on the club’s Twitter page. “One is my character, obviously. I’m already much calmer than I used to be, to be honest.
“I’m [also] kind of the reserve tank for the boys, when I feel the energy level goes a bit down, then I’m still there and can kick their butt, or whatever they need in that moment.
“It’s better to be angry with me than to think, ‘It’s too intense today’. You always need something like a response, how I understand. I needed that as a player as well.
“The boys I think they are used to it by now, because if I give some credit or some compliments they look exactly the same way as when I shout something not so positive.
“That’s my problem, with the face, but meanwhile they are used to it.”
“I know I’m good in a couple of things, really good at a few things, and that’s enough,” he said. “My confidence is big enough that I can really let people grow next to me.
“That’s no problem. I need experts around me, it’s really important that you’re empathic, that you try to understand the people around you and that you give real support to the people around you. Then, everybody can act.
“That’s what leadership is; having strong people around you with better knowledge in different departments than yourself, don’t act like you know everything – be ready to admit, ‘I have no clue in the moment, give me a couple of minutes then I will have a clue’.
“That’s not really philosophy, it’s just my way of life.”