• David Tyrer

Klopp loves his Liverpool team's mentality

It isn't the first time, nor is it likely to be the last, that Jurgen Klopp has drawn attention to the mentality of his current Liverpool team.


The German coach has always been a football man that believes that the mentality of players and psychology in football is of almost equal importance as quality and of ability.


So it's no surprise to once again hear the Liverpool boss heaping praise upon his player's collective ability to drag themselves through tiredness, jet-lag and a hectic schedule to take more results.


In his regular LFC match day programme column, Klopp said (via Liverpoolfc.com): "I think there is zero doubt Arsenal will be even stronger this season compared to last and I say that without even factoring in the impressive and extensive transfer business they have done. They have recruited amazing talent this summer.


"It’s one of the reasons why I haven’t liked the 'external' focus in pre-season being on just a couple of clubs contesting for honours this season. To me this made no sense at all. It’s a complete nonsense if you don’t view this Arsenal, with this manager, as being one of the best teams in the country.


"They have everything required to go the distance and I think it’s why we are in for such an exciting season in the Premier League.


"The good news for me and the staff here at Liverpool is that our players do not need reminding today that they face a world-class opponent. The character and attitude which the side have shown since reporting back fills me with pride. Once again they are proving that when it comes to mentality they will not be surpassed.


"Performance level, for all sides, requires rhythm before you get anywhere near the highest level – but qualities such as mentality and courage can be constant.


"What I have seen from my team, since we began at Wembley in the Community Shield, through to the full-time whistle going at Southampton last weekend, is that they are not allowing the relentless nature of August to impact upon their application or belief.


"The start to the season has been intensive, yes, but this group of players have embraced that. They don’t view intensity as being something to fear. It’s actually part of our make-up – it’s our identity as a team.


"The other factor, from the start of this season, that has given me so much joy, has been once again the ability to absorb and react to setbacks. It’s been there early and it will need to remain.


"Be it conceding first in matches, such as against Man City or Chelsea, losing a key player during a game to an injury, or just responding to general setbacks during a game, we have shown our best face in our reaction.


"We are a side which, if and when knocked down, has the ability to bounce back off the canvas and be ready to engage again."



 
 

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