One of the best, most noticeable qualities that Jürgen Klopp has is his unending positivity. Wins, losses, or draws, he speaks with clear optimism and direction, knowing that it is not the end of the world if something doesn’t go our way. There is always something to be learned and taken from a match or training or what have you.
After what has been a full year under Klopp’s control, it seems that optimism is finally permeating the club and the squad as a whole, as Liverpool continue to play fearlessly - as they continue to learn from the lessons of past defeats. Klopp spoke to three supporters in a feature for LFCTV recently about the qualities he brings to the squad and what he is trying to create.
“I can stay positive even when nobody is positive anymore,” He said. “You need to create an atmosphere in the team where they listen to me and not listen to all around.
“We need to give them the chance to develop and get there. We always judge so early. But I’m very patient. I know we need time but it doesn’t mean that we cannot do it now.”
He’s asked for time and patience before. It takes both of those things to achieve what we all want. Time, patience, and the chance to cultivate. Going into the Summer transfer window much was said about Klopp finally getting the chance to create his own squad and make the team his own, and it was pretty clear that with a squad of his own came the philosophies and practices of a Klopp team. That isn’t to say that he inherited a bad squad at all, just that they weren’t the team that he would’ve shaped from scratch. He’s never had any complaints, though. That unending positivity thing.
“I’m completely fine with my squad, I really like it. [We have] good characters with a really good attitude – and all the rest you have to develop.
“I saw a lot of things last season where I thought ‘OK, come on, let’s try.’ And you cannot do more than try.”
If this season can be summed up into anything right now, it’s the fact that they’re trying, buoyed by the hope that we can get somewhere this season.