Liverpool midfielder lifts lid on ‘very passionate’ Jurgen Klopp
Lucas Leiva reveals what it has been like working under new Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp this week
Lucas Leiva has revealed that Jurgen Klopp has told his new Liverpool side to be “intense and aggressive” on the pitch as they gear up for their first Premier League game under their new manager.
Klopp has been taking his first training sessions since being appointed as Brendan Rodgers’ permanent successor last week as the Merseyside outfit prepare for their top-flight showdown with Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane on Saturday afternoon.
The German coach has met a number of his new Liverpool players, but will encounter the rest of the team in the coming days as they return from international duty.
And Lucas has lifted the lid on the way in which Klopp has begun to instil his philosophy at the club since his appointment.
Lucas told Liverpool’s website: “There is a lot of information and as players we need to listen a lot now, and learn and try to put everything he asks us to do onto the pitch and off the pitch as well.
“It has been very good, very positive and hopefully it will keep going like that.
“He seems to be very passionate. He likes to put in everything that he has and he asks the players for the same. Be very intense, be aggressive with yourself, is what he has been saying. Always try to be better, always give 10 metres more, because that will be the key to success. That is what he has been saying to us in the last couple of days.
“He seems to be a very open manager and someone that likes to be close to the players, but very straight as well. That’s what I’ve learned from the last couple of days and I think it was a positive way to start.”
Liverpool head into Saturday’s game six points behind leaders Manchester City after their 1-1 draw in their final game under former manager Rodgers.