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Player meeting

Skipper Henderson called a private meeting before the Spurs game, without Klopp's knowledge. I think it shows that Hendo is growing into his role as captain, and that it's far more than just an on field role. Also, the team and manager are really fighting for each other, with Wij highlighting the importance of having the managers backing. It does highlight the negative effect of a manager blaming players in the media, something we've seen quite often in recent times, usually from Jose!

Here's the article:-

Pinning blame on players may be justified, tempting and good for self-esteem but can come at a price for managers who succumb. “That is killing for a team," said the Dutch midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum. Liverpool repaid Jürgen Klopp for his refusal to give the last rites before Saturday’s comfortable defeat of Tottenham Hotspur was under way.

At Melwood last week, while Klopp was continuing to take responsibility for Liverpool’s 2017 slump, the captain, Jordan Henderson, called a team meeting without the manager’s knowledge. The anaemic display at Hull City was the signal for some home truths, with Champions League qualification in danger of joining the Premier League title, the FA Cup and the EFL Cup on Liverpool’s list of unfulfilled targets. The release of anger and return to form that shattered Spurs’ 11-game unbeaten run reflected an acceptance within the dressing room that blame did not rest with Klopp alone.

As Adam Lallana said: “The manager takes responsibility but we are the ones who cross the white line. It was up to us to respond. The manager can say as much as he likes and tell us what he wants us to do and what attitude he wants us to have, but we have to do it. The result was great but so was the performance. We started on fire and it could have been three or four at half-time. It was something that we knew we had to do."

Lallana missed several days’ training in the buildup with injury but was among many in red to produce a vastly improved individual display in Liverpool’s first league win of the calender year. Sadio Mané’s two goals in three minutes reaffirmed his importance, while the exquisite touches and passing of Roberto Firmino, Henderson’s and Wijnaldum’s aggression in an ill-tempered game, Lucas Leiva’s dominance of Harry Kane and Simon Mignolet’s timely save from Son Heung-min underpinned a fine collective response. Mauricio Pochettino admitted his team struggled to compete with Liverpool’s tempo and aggression but his high line, and the aimless long balls that littered Spurs’ second-half performance, were a baffling, ineffective approach against Klopp’s system.

“Big credit to Jordan, he wanted the team meeting to happen and got everyone together," Lallana said. “It wasn’t just him who spoke. The senior players spoke, the non-senior players, everyone. It was good, it was refreshing. It was just in the dressing room at Melwood. Every now and again it doesn’t hurt to speak about it. Sometimes if anyone has anything to say, as long as it is not personal, just purely professional, there is no harm in reminding each other of what we need to do and what we want from each other. You could see everyone was fighting for each other.

“It was a very open meeting and I came out of it knowing that every one of those players are together and intent on turning things around as quickly as possible. Almost an ‘us against the world’ type of attitude and we will do anything for each other, work our socks off, for it to change as quickly as possible. We knew things would change, it was just a matter of time, but it was up to us to show when it would change."


Klopp cited Hull as another example of Liverpool’s unerring, unnerving ability to create their own problems. Saturday provided another example of their ability to dictate games against leading Premier League teams, albeit with the help of two early goals and poor defending from players such as Eric Dier and Ben Davies. Wijnaldum believes the Liverpool manager’s handling of the downturn was responsible for the recovery, one Klopp hopes will be sustained with five days’ training in La Manga this week.

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posted on 13/2/17

comment by If anyone can, Emre Can... Britain just failed its IQ Test. (U3979)
posted 48 seconds ago
comment by Terminator1 (U1863)
posted 1 minute ago
comment by If anyone can, Emre Can... Britain just failed its IQ Test. (U3979)
posted 59 seconds ago
It was a good performance but the players and club are being hugely premature in assuming that they have reached the end of this bad run of form.

A lot more work yet to do.
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If anyone's going to know if their form has improved, it'll be the club and the players.
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True, but I do get a bit annoyed with the constant backslapping every time we get a decent performance.

We all know the games against the top 6 isn't where we struggle it's the games against the smaller teams.
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True. But maybe it was more collective relief than anything else?

posted on 13/2/17

How dare they enjoy a good win when we are not top of the league

posted on 13/2/17

I would say the above conversation re back slapping in large part comes from the club website?

Its a propaganda site a lot of the time and I stopped reading it as you get the same old stuff every win or loss.

I bet it gets a bit old on others too?

posted on 13/2/17

Great article, have a

posted on 13/2/17

So Henderson is a better manager than Klopp. Interesting.

posted on 13/2/17

comment by The Lambeau Leap #NotMySuperBowl (U21050)
posted 4 minutes ago
So Henderson is a better manager than Klopp. Interesting.
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Henderson is better than everyone at everything.

posted on 13/2/17

comment by Half a Big Bite - The Studge Don't Budge! (U7237)
posted 3 minutes ago
comment by The Lambeau Leap #NotMySuperBowl (U21050)
posted 4 minutes ago
So Henderson is a better manager than Klopp. Interesting.
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Henderson is better than everyone at everything.
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Lallana GOAT

posted on 13/2/17

comment by selbstgerechtein (U7048)
posted 2 hours, 28 minutes ago
How dare they enjoy a good win when we are not top of the league
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Not exactly my point is it.

posted on 13/2/17

comment by The Lambeau Leap #NotMySuperBowl (U21050)
posted 2 hours, 12 minutes ago
So Henderson is a better manager than Klopp. Interesting.
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Interesting that you've managed to string together a sentence of more than 6 words.

posted on 14/2/17

Looks like this is one of the turning points in the season. The players taking some accountability.

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