Jurgen Klopp explains how he keeps all of his high-flying Liverpool side motivated

It has been a sensational 18 months for Liverpool, with Jurgen Klopp transforming his side into one of Europe’s powerhouses and setting them on course for their first league title in 30 years.

As we head towards the frantic festive period, Liverpool are sitting pretty comfortably at the top of the Premier League table, eight points clear of Leicester City and Chelsea, and nine clear of reigning champions Man City.

The Merseyside outfit have started the season in sensational fashion, winning 11 of their 12 league games, the only blot on their record a 1-1 draw with Manchester United, while their last defeat in the league came all the way back in early January.

Aside for their impressive domestic form, there is also the small matter of their triumphant Champions League campaign last season, but despite all the positivity surrounding the club, it would be easy for those on the periphery of the first team to feel ostracised from the more important members of the squad.

However, with Liverpool, it seems as though everyone is singing from the same hymn sheet, with no whispers of discontent emerging from the camp, and Jurgen Klopp has explained that he treats every member of his squad the same.

“There’s a lot of responsibility on the boys themselves. A person who doesn’t want to feel needed, I cannot help,” Klopp said during an in-depth interview with The Athletic.

“If you play in the first XI and it’s ‘yeah!’ or if you don’t play and it’s ‘oh, you can all fuck off’ then you cannot exist in this kind of environment, it’s not possible.

“Yes, I get that it feels different if you haven’t played but you must always be ready for the moment when you come on and stuff like this.

“How do I keep them motivated? I treat them all the same, 100 per cent. You score four goals or no goals, for me you are the same person. When we talk about football it’s easier for me to speak with the guy who scored four goals, but on a personal level they’re all the same for me.

“I like them all a lot — that’s why they are all here. It’s not that anyone has forced me to get around with these guys. They are all wonderful, different but wonderful. I like being around them. Hopefully, they know that and they feel that.

“They know that if you are at a club like Liverpool you want to play all the games until you are injured. Then that doesn’t work! We have to make sure we go through the season with as few injuries as possible.

“First and foremost, we have to win football games. At a club like Liverpool, you are expected to win pretty much every three days. For that we need more than 11 players so that makes it easier keeping 17 or 18 players happy with appearances. If we had 22 or 23 then it gets more complicated.”

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