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Crisis bringing the BEST out of Klopp boss sends stronger message than boris ever could; boss sends stronger message than boris ever could.

Byline: IAN DOYLE Chief LFC Writer ian.doyle@reachplc.com @IANDOYLESPORT COMMENT

THERE are plenty of reasons to admire Jurgen Klopp.

From his charismatic personality, strength of character, boundless enthusiasm through to his sheer presence, the Liverpool boss has become a hugely popular addition not only to the Reds and the Premier League, but the country as a whole.

Indeed, not without reason has the opinion of Klopp been sought on matters outside football, on topics as disparate as Brexit and human rights in the Middle East.

As a football manager, he is among the best in the world.

And as an orator and spokesperson for his own firmly-held beliefs, he is similarly impressive.

Those who have spent any length of time around Klopp will agree the man many only ever see in front of the cameras is very much the same elsewhere. His persona - warts and all - is no act.

But while much was made of Klopp's motivational prowess during his early years at Anfield, what struck observers then remains glowingly apparent now.

Klopp is a humanitarian, a believer in people, without prejudice or discrimination.

Progress on the pitch has of course helped.

However, that alone can't explain why he has proven so well-liked and his views so worthwhile.

As a Liverpool manager, Kenny Dalglish's bond with the club and city is without peer. But not since Bill Shankly have the club had someone so capable of capturing and harnessing the essence of that relationship.

What helps is that Klopp is a leader, both in words and actions.

His heart may regularly be on his sleeve, but his sharp mind remains focused.

No surprise, then, that as the Government - well, Boris Johnson - unconvincingly sends messages to the population over coronavirus, certainly when compared to the clear directives of their medical advisers, the Reds boss has cut to the heart of what matters.

Klopp knows. And, by reiterating the now oftused phrase that football is the most important of the least important things, the Reds boss has struck the right, reassuring tone for Liverpool fans fretting about what are in truth trivial matters such as if and when a 19th league title will be won.

In his statement, Klopp demonstrated greater leadership, compassion and humanity than those in the country's seat of power.

"Put your health first," he said. "Don't take any risk. Think about the vulnerable in our society and act where possible with compassion for them.

"Please look after yourselves and look out for each other."

Of course, quite why football should have to be at the vanguard of such a serious societal problem is another debate entirely.

Many people, though, want to hear from the Reds boss.

Klopp may not, in his own words, think this is a moment where the thoughts of a football manager should be important. And he'll probably dislike that this article is even being written.

But in terms of the message and its resonance, his words carry for many much more weight than those who really should matter.

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Author:IAN DOYLE Chief LFC Writer ian.doyle@reachplc.com @IANDOYLESPORT COMMENT
Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Mar 14, 2020
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