There are undoubtedly quite a few Premier League managers who would love to know Jurgen Klopp’s secret.
Liverpool’s turnaround since his appointment last October has been nothing short of remarkable, the Reds now sitting top of the Premier League ahead of their trip to Southampton this weekend.
The German boss has revealed one of the most important ways he changes how a game is going is at the half-time interval – where he uses videos to explain what’s gone wrong to his players.
“Sometimes I’m really waiting for half time. It’s like ‘come on four minutes, five minutes to go,’ so we can fix things,” Klopp said, as per Goal.com.
“The break is a very important time. I give the players first the opportunity to breathe, to drink and the medical staff checks if they are all alright.
“Then we watch a few situations from the first half, only when they are really clear for our message we use them. If not, we don’t and I talk to the players.
Klopp’s side have gone in behind at the break just twice this season. Against Swansea, they were able to turn it around, though in that forgettable trip to Burnley they were not as they suffered a 2-0 loss.
Unsurprisingly, therefore, the manager admits his speeches don’t always have the desired effect, pinpointing last season’s Europa League final heartbreak against Sevilla in Basel; Liverpool went in 1-0 up only to completely implode in the second half and watch the La Liga outfit lift the trophy.
“I don’t have a 100 per cent record, for example, I thought one of my best half-time speeches was in Basel!” he joked.