Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has lifted the lid on the club’s recruitment process before they decide on signing a player.
The Reds have won the Premier League and Champions League since Klopp was appointed in 2015, with Liverpool currently leading the way again domestically this term.
Liverpool have been praised for their recruitment since the German came into the club with their success stories heavily outweighing the flops.
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The likes of Mo Salah, Sadio Mane, Alisson, Virgil van Dijk and Diogo Jota have come into the club over the last five years and Klopp has opened up on the conversations he has with players before they agree to join.
In the book Believe Us: How Jurgen Klopp transformed Liverpool into title winners (via The Independent) Klopp said: “We get as much knowledge about the boys as we can. But the most important sign of their character is actually the way they play football before we work together, because that’s what attracts us.
“That’s why we are thinking about them. It’s their skills, yes, but very important is the character they show on the pitch.
“It’s really rare that you get to see a completely honest football player on the pitch and then you meet him and think, ‘What kind of idiot is that?’
“I can’t remember that really happening. So, you know a lot before you meet the player, but then you get some vital, final information when you see him. What has the same importance is they get a lot of information about me and our working style.
“And that’s why these kinds of talks are so important because we make a real agreement in them. I tell the boys, ‘We are sitting here together because we want to sign you and you want to join us, which is all great, but from now on, less than 100 per cent is not allowed.’
“I know it’s only words, but it is the basis for us. From time to time, I remind the boys about our agreement. The target is to reach your highest point as often as possible individually and we throw it together and then it must be pretty much an explosion. And I really like that. So, on my side, I agree to help them 100 per cent and we share responsibility for their future.”
It might well be the biggest weekend of the season so far. The two biggest title contenders finally clash in a long-awaited meeting, but will Leicester or Wolves come out on top? Liverpool also play Manchester City or something apparently.
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