Micah Richards has claimed that people overlook the way that Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp deflects pressure off his players.
The 53-year-old manager has established himself as an icon on the red half of Merseyside after winning a Premier League and Champions League crown in the past couple of years, but he’s a huge personality on top of that as well that often makes the news headlines for his opinions.
Richards has suggested that some of Klopp’s outspoken comments in the media are to help protect his players, who have gone to another level in recent years under him at Anfield to achieve huge success.
“No top manager takes defeat graciously… he does seem to be niggling,” Richards told BBC Radio 5 Live Sport.
“I think that’s more down to injuries and fixtures more than anything else… It wouldn’t worry me, I like the fact that he always protects his players no matter what.
“He takes a lot of pressure off his players. A lot of people might think he’s moaning about this and that, but really, he’s taking all the pressure off his players. That’s what leadership is. I don’t think people look at that side of things.”
It seems like in-house Klopp is adored by the entire Liverpool squad, as he’s improved the levels of so many individuals during his reign and been on a journey with many of them.
His comments quite often are very defensive about his team, regarding complaints about early kick-offs for example.
But his team do have a tunnel vision when it comes to stepping on to the pitch due to the way Klopp has moulded the team and it’s why they are favourites to retain their league title, plus why he was recently named the world’s top manager at the Best FIFA awards.
He’s unique in his style and clearly has the fierce winning mentality that is needed at the elite level.