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Thursday 29 September 2016

Klopp: Stop singing my name

Jurgen Klopp has called on supporters to focus on the team and the result and not him following Saturday’s 4-1 win over Premier League champions Leicester
Jurgen Klopp has called on supporters to focus on the team and the result and not him following Saturday’s 4-1 win over Premier League champions Leicester

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has implored fans to stop singing his name during matches to help his side stay focused and avoid complacency.

A vibrant Liverpool ran out 4-1 winners over champions Leicester City at a newly-renovated Anfield on Saturday, with the home supporters serenading their manager during the second half.

The German appreciated the sentiment but called on fans to hold off until the final whistle in the future, reminding them that games can turn if players switch off and lose concentration.

After Liverpool took a 4-1 lead in their Premier League opener against Arsenal, the travelling supporters serenaded Klopp only for the hosts to claw back to 4-3.

"When I speak about this, I have to say (to the fans) ... please don't sing my name before the game is decided," Klopp said.

"Immediately when the Kop started singing 'Jurgen Klopp', (Leicester) were alone in front of (Liverpool keeper) Simon Mignolet.

"It's a little bit like celebrating a penalty before you've scored," he added. "I don't play, but if they like me, it's nice, I like them all, but please don't sing my name before the game is decided.

"It was the same at Arsenal. It's something that depends on each other, it's nice but not necessary. It would be really nice if they could stop this."

Saturday's match was Liverpool's first at home this season after redevelopment work on the Main Stand at Anfield forced them to play their opening three games on the road.

"We need to have atmospheres like this, not only when it's the champions and we score four goals," Klopp said after his side moved fifth on seven points.

"What we have to do in the season (is) to create our own atmosphere for us and nobody else."

Liverpool continue their Premier League campaign away at Chelsea on Friday.

Meanwhile, midfielder Adam Lallana believes the win over Leicester is the benchmark for all home performances now.

"Collectively as a team I thought we were outstanding," Lallana said. "We got the two goals in the first half, but let them back in with some sloppy play from ourselves.

"It was no-one's fault and as a team we probably didn't manage the game as well as we should have at 2-0 and gave them a few sniffs. We've set the tempo for what we want Anfield to be like this season."

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