Jurgen Klopp has revealed why he is reluctant to throw players on the scrapheap – and says not giving 100% to Liverpool is “a waste of time”.
Since arriving at Anfield in October 2015, Klopp has gained a reputation of helping revive Reds careers that have previously thought to have stalled.
The most recent beneficiary is Alberto Moreno, who was a bit-part player last term but is now a regular producing the best form of his time at Liverpool.
And Klopp explained: “I really believe in second chances. I had more than two, so I like to give players a chance or two.
“It starts with a dream. It’s not important to be the best, but it’s important to beat the best.”
Klopp, speaking on Wednesday night during a question and answer session with supporters in South Africa, also admitted what he lacked in tactical acumen he made up for in desire to win.
“My managerial style? I hope no one falls asleep when I answer!” he said, as reported by Soccer Laduma. “The most important skill in life is common sense. I’m not skilled in intelligence, but common sense I take to the highest level.
“I love to play entertaining football. I rather have someone hit the cross bar than not shoot. I don’t like a victory with 80%.
“You’re not completely exhausted – it’s a waste of time. I’m not the smartest manager in the world, but maybe the most passionate.”
Klopp, meanwhile, looked beyond his current Liverpool squad when asked for the best player he has worked with.
“Mario Gotze,” he said. “He was unbelievable. The biggest improvement, though, was (Robert) Lewandowski.
“I keep in contact with a lot of my Dortmund players.
“They were young when I coached them, so I was like a father to them. When I left Dortmund, it’s not so important what people think when you come, it’s more important what they think when you leave.”
Klopp, though, has no regrets leaving the Westfalenstadion.
“What do I miss at Dortmund? Everything! It was a fantastic time, but it was the right time to leave. I miss everything, but I don’t want to go back unless we play them. I love what I do, but I don’t exist for football.”