Thursday 20 September 2018

Klopp: No motivation needed for derby

Jurgen Klopp. Photo: Reuters
Jurgen Klopp. Photo: Reuters

The 226th Merseyside derby will be Jurgen Klopp's first experience of the fierce rivalry that exists between Liverpool and Everton.

The Reds boss believes his team need none of his trademark motivational speeches before the game as he seeks to continue Liverpool's purple patch of late.

"I am really happy about this. In our really busy schedule it's nice for me to have a game where I don't have to think about finding the right words," he said. "This morning when we were in the dressing room and we spoke a little about Sunday's game at Bournemouth I don't think anyone was really listening!

"They are thinking about Everton. I'm okay with that. That's really cool. It's very exciting. It's important too.

"Derbies are always difficult to play because you have to handle the pressure. There's no advantage or disadvantage for either side.

"For me, I like these special games. I've been a manager since 2001. That's 15 years and each game is important. But with special games like this it's different from three or four days before it."

While Klopp has no experience of the Merseyside rivalry, he is no stranger to the big derby days himself, having managed Borussia Dortmund in the Ruhr derby against Schalke.

"It's outstanding. In my first season there in 2008, on our fourth matchday we played against Schalke. Our first three games were against Leverkusen, Bayern and Cottbus but nobody spoke about those games," he said.

"In Dortmund they say the derby is more important than the championship. You can feel it around the game. My first derby there didn't start so well. We were 3-0 down. Schalke should have scored another goal.

"It could have been 4-0! In that moment I really thought about my wife Ulla. I thought: 'I hope she knows where the suitcases still are because we might need to pack!' (laughing).

"It would have changed everything if they had made it 4-0. After that we came back, drawing the match 3-3."

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