Liverpool may have edged ever closer to their first trophy under Jurgen Klopp after surpassing the German’s former club, Dortmund in dramatic fashion. However, Klopp wasn’t resting easy on his side’s victory – instead laying down another strict rule for his players.
The Reds went into the tie at Anfield with the score delicately poised 1-1, but Dortmund quickly appeared to have sealed their spot in the next round, scoring two quick-fire early goals.
After a dramatic comeback, Anfield was bouncing – goals from Origi, Coutinho and Sakho left the game on a knife-edge.
Spectacularly, Liverpool pulled off yet another European comeback when their high-intensity approach was rewarded in the first minute of injury-time – Dejan Lovren headed home to cap one of the most remarkable nights in the Reds’ history.
But Jurgen Klopp doesn’t want to take anything for granted.
As a proud Liverpool man now, you could see the distinct pleasure he took in knocking out Dortmund from the Europa League – he’s a red now.
In a bold move, Jurgen Klopp has banned his Liverpool players from touching the ‘This Is Anfield’ sign inside the stadium’s tunnel.
Klopp was happy to explained his decision to the media, stating that his current players will only be worthy of touching it when they deliver silverware to the club:
“I’ve told my players not to touch the ‘This Is Anfield’ sign until they win something,”
“It’s a sign of respect.”
You can understand Klopp’s philosophy… great teams have come and gone from that famous stadium. Some of the hands that touched that famous sign are now club legends – the current Liverpool team are not on that level yet and Klopp clearly wants to keep them grounded.
The former Dortmund boss has been at Liverpool for a little over six months now and he’s already stamped his mark on the club, amalgamating a his own ideologies with the club’s rich culture.
Clearly one of the lasting values Klopp is looking to impress upon his players is everything has to be earned at Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool.