Liverpool winger Jordon Ibe has described manager Jurgen Klopp as a “father figure” for young players at the club.
Since the arrival of Klopp at Anfield in October, Ibe has relished for the Reds, scoring his first goal for the club in a 1-0 Europa League win against Rubin Kazan.
And the 20-year-old has revealed that actions of Klopp, including a slap to the face after his first game in charge, is all new to him.
Speaking to The Independent, Ibe said: “I’ve not experienced any of this before, it’s all new for me.”
“The shouting at Tottenham? It’s not really a [big] thing. It happens to others. He wanted me to hurry up. The little slap on the head? He meant it in a good way, I think.”
Ibe recalls when Nathaniel Clyne was on the receiving end of a Klopp slap, one that he feels was carried out with the best intentions.
“If there’s a message he wants to get across, he’ll let you know and it might be with swear words. There is a boundary. We know he’s the boss.
“One on one, he’s really good. He’s building relationships. The older players, you can see the respect [they have for him]. With the younger ones like me he’s a father figure. He’s cool, you know? He understands. On the pitch you don’t feel any pressure.
“You can see he’s wanted to use a lot of young players so far: like [Jordan] Rossiter [who has been unavailable through injury], Cam Brannagan, Connor [Randall] and Brad Smith.
“It’s the freedom he gives you, letting you get on with what you need to do, just making sure you work hard at the same time.”