WITH fingers pointing in Jürgen Klopp’s direction after an uninspiring start to the season, and the media microscope firmly trained on the Liverpool manager, how does the boss cope with the questions about his leadership?
Gareth Roberts, Paul Cope and John Gibbons speak to Professor Damian Hughes, a sports psychologist who has worked with a string of elite sports teams and individuals, about the problems now facing Klopp and how maybe he can overcome them.
Is Klopp providing a consistent message to his squad? What can be done to break a bad run? Does luck play a part?
All these topics and more are discussed in a fascinating debate.
If you would like to read more from Damian Hughes check out his website at: www.liquidthinker.com/ or follow him on Twitter at @LiquidThinker
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Damian is always an excellent guest, and I very much enjoyed the previous two shows he featured in, but this one was flawed. He managed to put himself in a position where he was commenting on aspects of Klopp’s management and this season, and it was apparent that he had taken very little notice of it. I suspect there are loads of situations where he can wing it because he has a great mind, but coming in front of the microphone with so little preparation when the discussion was going to be quite specific, his lack of prep was blatant. I think if you ask fans of other teams who take a strong interest in football management, they would mainly say that Mourinho has a win at any cost approach and Klopp is more principled. So for me the real question when looking at the two of them in a season like we are in, is, is this Merseyside construct of building a stronger future whilst managing the now pragmatic enough to beat the less developmental and more inclusive of the dark arts approach of the Salford camp?. I suspect what has happened between August and now is barely revealing enough, with MUFC having a better transition from pre season to now, but the next run of games will say more about the two teams and managers. It was also purely bad luck that the Klopp in a bad run show comes out after his team made record breaking history the way they did the night before.
Any chance of releasing this For free listen.
This pod probably one of your best work- wanted to share with a friend (who I am trying to convince to subscribe
Your mate can buy it as a one off here (https://theanfieldwrap.bandcamp.com/track/damian-hughes-j-rgen-klopp-and-dealing-with-doubts-over-leadership) if he wants a little taster of what a subscription gives him
Cracking post lads, thanks
That fella knows his onions.
Thanks for doing it.