Ex-Liverpool shot-stopper Simon Mignolet has shed light on what Reds boss Jurgen Klopp is like behind the scenes and the acronym he used to inspire them to Premier League success
The German has also guided Liverpool to UEFA Super Cup and Club World Cup success, helping to restore Liverpool to their place at the summit of football after a number of years adrift from the upper echelon.
Ever since his arrival six years ago Klopp has endured for the most part a good relationship with the media, always appearing as a fun, likeable character to the public but kept his style of management well-hidden.
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However, former Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet has recently explained one quirky method the former Borussia Dortmund boss deployed in a bid to motivate the Reds to ultimate glory.
It all stemmed from an acronym of the word ‘team’, which Klopp broke down to T – Team, E – Enthusiastic, A – Ambitious, M – Mentally-strong machines.
Speaking to the Athletic, Mignolet explained: “He wrote it down and then expanded on what it all meant.
“I remember him saying that terrible was how opponents were going to feel after going up against us for 90 minutes.
“Then he talked about enthusiasm, ambition and mental strength. It was all about being part of a team — everyone working together and being a machine to break opponents down.”
Klopp ensured that everyone associated with the club, not just the players but those who work on the training ground and at Anfield on a match-day felt part part of his team.
So much so, he made the training ground staff introduce themselves to the players – as former defender Jose Enrique remembers.
“He [Klopp] changed everything. When he asked them to walk in front of us one by one we were all thinking: ‘What the hell is this?’
“Klopp said: ‘All these people are here to make your life easier. Do you know their names? They are as important as any player or coach. Make you sure you always respect them.’”
While their attempt to retain their 2019/20 Premier League crown fell drastically short due to a staggering injury crisis – Liverpool eventually did well to finish third.
However, they appear to have bounced back this term as they sit second in the table – breathing down the necks of Chelsea who occupy top spot one point in front.
Slowly but surely, Klopp has formed a side that he has previously dubbed ‘mentality monsters’ – and has the trophies to match.