Liverpool star lifts lid on Jurgen Klopp’s half-time team talk
Simon Mignolet says Jurgen Klopp was full of praise for Liverpool players at half-time
Simon Mignolet has lifted the lid on Jurgen Klopp’s half-time team talk as Liverpool were 4-1 winners against Manchester City on Saturday evening.
Eliaquim Mangala’s seventh-minute own goal set the Reds on their way before Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino edged Liverpool into a 3-0 lead after 32 minutes.
The gaffer has worked really hard on that and at half-time he said when you come into the dressing room at 3-1 away to Manchester City, you have to be happy and you have to go out in the second half with a positive feeling
City striker Sergio Aguero did offer some hope for the Citizens before half-time with a fine finish but Martin Skrtel sealed three points with an 81st-minute volley.
And Belgium international Mignolet, who made two saves in a 4-1 win at Etihad Stadium, explained why Liverpool started the second half with a spring in their step.
“We did really well and are very pleased with the result. Before the game the gaffer laid out a plan for us and it worked out perfectly,” Mignolet told Liverpool’s website.
“What he said before the game was the case. We didn’t let them breathe and on the counter-attack we had a chance with the three players up top – Adam [Lallana], Phil and Roberto. They did brilliantly.
“We scored three early goals and just before half-time there was a bit of a setback, but we didn’t let it affect us and in the second half we were the better side again.
“The gaffer has worked really hard on that and at half-time he said when you come into the dressing room at 3-1 away to Manchester City, you have to be happy and you have to go out in the second half with a positive feeling.
“That’s what we did and we didn’t let it affect us. We played our game and scored a fourth goal. We had so many chances to score many more – that’s what you want to do when you play Manchester City.
“With the amount of chances we had, we could have possibly scored more goals than the four we did. We’re very pleased with the result – we can move forward and try to do the same things next week.”
Liverpool are six points behind fourth-placed Arsenal in the hunt for a Champions League place.
The Reds have won their last two games on the road in the Premier League following wins against Chelsea and City.
The Merseyside outfit host Swansea City in their next Premier League fixture.