Former RB Leipzig coach Ralf Rangnick has described Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp as a “train-ager” when revealing how the Reds boss convinces potential players to join the club.
In a wide-ranging feature piece on The Times, the former Hoffenheim coach opened up on the Reds boss, describing how the German personally calls and sometimes meets with prospective players.
“If Jurgen wants a player like Naby Keita or Sadio Mane then, in normal circumstances, those players also have interest from other clubs. So what Jurgen does is call the players themselves. If possible, meet the players themselves and convince them why the next best step for them is a transfer for Liverpool,” said Rangnick.
“He is somebody that is full of life, he is somebody who makes us all responsible as players, which is very important for a player on the field. He is a coach who knows how to handle you off the field, too,” Mane told the official Liverpool FC website.
“Sometimes he can be hard with his players, but it’s for positive reasons and that’s helped us a lot on the field. It is quite impressive, in fact, if you got to know him to understand all of that.”
Keita also praised the Liverpool manager, explaining to the club’s website that: “He will always defend his players because for him all the players are the same. There is no difference to him. He’s always there to explain things to you, such as if you haven’t played the best in a game, which is hard for coaches to do.”
ANFIELD WATCH VERDICT
I love the concept of a ‘train-ager’ and it’s been well documented how strong the relationship between Klopp and his players is.
Mane has proven to be a shrewd piece of business since joining the club in June 2016, with the 28-year old forward scoring 59 goals in 118 Premier League appearances for the Reds.
Liverpool were made to wait a year for Keita to link up from RB Leipzig, and the midfielder’s career on Merseyside so far has been slightly stop-start due to various different injuries. The Guinean has made 34 Premier League appearances for the club to date, scoring three times.