Ex-Liverpool captain highlights Jurgen Klopp’s bravery: I’ve never seen anyone do this
The former Liverpool captain says Jurgen Klopp is big on atmosphere at Anfield
Jamie Redknapp has highlighted Jurgen Klopp’s bravery as Liverpool manager after addressing the German’s willingess to take on the Anfield crowd.
The former Borussia Dortmund head coach has been a big hit at the Merseyside club since he took over the reins from Brendan Rodgers back in October 2015.
Klopp led the 18-time English champions to two cup finals in his first season in charge after Liverpool lost to Manchester City on penalties in the League Cup at Wembley before a 3-1 loss to Sevilla in the Europa League showpiece in Basel.
Unsurprisingly, the upturn in Liverpool’s performances have made Klopp a very popular man with the club’s supporters over the past 14 months or so.
But the Reds boss hasn’t been afraid to issue a rallying cry to the Liverpool fans if the charismatic German isn’t happy with the noise levels at Anfield, something which happened as recently as the Reds’ 2-0 win against Sunderland in November.
Speaking to Sky Sports, Redknapp admitted that he was shocked to see Klopp lay down the gauntlet to the Liverpool crowd.
“He’s big on the atmosphere at Liverpool. He talked about that a lot. But I said to him that it’s him and the players who create the atmosphere,” Redknapp said.
“You can’t ask the crowd to make lots of noise if the football is rubbish. You have to create that environment. And that’s what he’s done: he’s created a really positive environment that I think everyone is enjoying so much.
“He’s brave as well, by the way – he takes on the crowd sometimes and I’ve never seen anybody do that before! If they give the team a bit of a boo, he turns around and goes at them. I like it, he’s protecting his players. But you have to be in a massive position of strength to do that.”