Jurgen Klopp clear on what he expects from his players after Liverpool transfer failed

Jurgen Klopp clear on what he expects from his players after Liverpool transfer failed

The Liverpool manager will need his players to channel the kind of warmth he does when the time comes to welcome new signings during the upcoming summer transfer window

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Jurgen Klopp is a coach of many talents and man-management seems to be one of them, with the overwhelming majority of players to work under him having nothing but kind words to say.

The Liverpool boss is quick to welcome any new addition into the club with open arms and is famed for his intense embraces with members of his squad and backroom staff. By now, it is clear he expects a similar level of warmth from his players, particularly when a fresh face enters the fold both on and off the pitch.

It is for that reason that Klopp was disappointed with sections of his squad following the arrival of Takumi Minamino. The Japan international arrived in January of 2020 and just three months into his stay, Klopp publicly bemoaned the rest of his squad for ignoring him on the pitch.

Following a fifth-round elimination from the FA Cup at the hands of Chelsea, Klopp told reporters: “Takumi had a really good game. We could have used him much more often.

“If Neco (Williams) sees him once or twice he was completely free at the edge [of the box], he shot the cross more or less. If he’d seen him it would have helped.”

These comments are perhaps a small insight into a wider problem Minamino suffered during his two-and-a-half-year stint before he was eventually sold to Monaco in the summer of 2022. During that time, the midfield talent struggled to establish himself at Anfield and was always on the fringes of the first team.

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Takumi Minamino failed to settle at Anfield and was sold two-and-a-half years into his stay

Klopp will be well aware that his current Liverpool outfit are one in transition, with a number of ageing stars nearing the end of their prime and the young generation of talent behind them hardly pulling up any trees.

  • May 24, 2023