Jurgen Klopp has claimed Liverpool’s recent resurgence boils down to sheer hard work, and a genuine spirit and camaraderie among his players, which has put the Reds just one win away from a place in next season’s Champions League.
The German admitted his antics, which seemed to inspire the Kop in Thursday’s destruction of Villarreal, is simply part of his character – and not something he can either fake or change.
“Hopefully it is like this because we are together so often. It is because of the boys. That makes it easy,” he said.
“We have a good relationship and that is very important when you have so many hours together every day. You want to feel close to your players.
“There are a lot of roads that lead to Rome. The most successful managers in the world may have different relations with the players – but I can’t change my character. Maybe I should in some parts, but not this.”
Klopp was an emotional rollercoaster on Thursday, fist pumping, putting his arm around players, and at the end he went on the pitch to offer his famous hugs to every single player.
Asked if it was almost a miracle taking a broken team to two finals in just six months, he replied: “A miracle? Take this and use it in the moment when you think I am sh**! Say then ‘ah, the beginning was not bad’.
“All I saw was the players working. Where is the miracle? We came back against Dortmund – see how often they have lost or drawn in 2016, not a lot. Teams who play like that deserve to win.
“Against Villarreal in the first half hour I have not seen this often from a team. It was pure power.
“But I have seen something in these boys that made me think there’s really something in this team.”