12 Ways To Perfect The Klopp Effect

Mikey Traynor
By Mikey Traynor
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It's clear to see the effect that Jurgen Klopp has had in such a short space of time at Liverpool FC.

Klopp arrived as one of the most successful and popular managers in Borussia Dortmund's history; a reputation that carried with it an expectation of turning Liverpool's fortunes around and entertaining the world while doing so.

While Liverpool's league position was pretty much unsalvageable, Klopp has shown through cup performances he can squeeze great performances from players deemed not good enough under Brendan Rodgers.

As for the entertainment value? Klopp interviews are must-see TV. His refreshing honesty and goofy sense of humour have provided some great moments, and while he may lose his head on the touchline sometimes, he always cools down in time to be respectful.

He's a good manager, and a great character, here's how you can live your everyday life like Jurgen Klopp.

1) First and foremost, have fun.

Never be afraid to have a laugh.

2) Brighten up the room.

Klopp says you should never leave somewhere in a less positive state than you left it in, so don't do that.


When I am in a room with people I try to make sure the atmosphere is not worse when I am there. When I am involved in a game, I try to help ensure it is more enjoyable than when I am not involved.

3) Give the people what they want.

Don't be too cool to do something if it makes someone happy. Or 50,000+ people, whichever.


4) Don't worry about material things.

Don't miss out on a good time for fear of losing your phone, or your watch, or your glasses...

5) Don't tolerate nonsense.


And don't take it too seriously either.


6) Know when you've crossed the line and be the bigger man.

We all make mistakes, it's how we react to them that counts.

I can easily say sorry for everything I said during the game, because I'm very emotional and I think Tony Pulis is similar.

There were a few words, we were very close together, and for me it was not a big problem, but it was very intense and after the game I wanted to go to my team and really I forgot to shake hands. That's all.

It's no problem for me to say sorry, to shake hands and have a talk about whatever, I have big respect for his work no doubt about it. But in that situation it was not easy to switch on the lamps and then switch them off.

7) Give memorable hugs.

Steven Gerrard spilled the beans on what it feels like to be embraced by the brilliant German.

I got one off him, they are quite good. Quite nice.

He makes you feel good, he's got that enthusiasm. Very infectious, he makes players feel special. I mean I'm an ex-player and I came out of his office feeling really good, really confident, but that's just what he brings. He's lifted the whole club and he's got Liverpool playing really well.

8) When in doubt, use onomatopoeia.

Sometimes a noise can really get a point across.

9) Celebrate progress, not just the end result.

Baby steps.

10) And give it socks when it all goes to plan.

Get airborne!

11) Believe in others.

You can't do it all yourself:

Klopp’s credo is that you can’t go on at players about all the things they can’t do. Instead, you have to think they’re capable of improving and developing. “That way, he’ll have faith – first in me and then in himself".

12) Live life at full throttle.

That's it really. Give everything your best and do it with a smile.

Even when he's angry, even when he is upset, it's just a matter of time before he's smiling again and lifting the spirits of all who cross his path.

There's a lot we can learn from Jurgen Klopp, and the best part is how enjoyable each lesson seems to be.


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