Jurgen Klopp has spoken about how ‘Rocky VI’ failed to motivate his players and issue a humourous response to a reporter’s phone going off.
After revealing Simon Mignolet would continue in goal and Daniel Sturridge may be available for selection against Everton on Monday night, the German joked about how one of his motivational plans back-fired earlier in his managerial career.
“I once used Rocky IV in one of my team talks but stopped when I realised that hardly anyone in the room had watched it.”
A reporter’s phone then interrupted Klopp, but he responded in a cool manner.
“That’s a fine,” stated the Liverpool boss.
“Unless it was your alarm, in which case, good morning.”
On the Merseyside derby itself, Klopp cannot wait to go up against Liverpool’s old foe, who he incidentally has no problem with.
“I cannot say Everton is my enemy since 12-years-old,” he said.
“I like how Liverpool lives with these two big clubs. I never had any issue with any Evertonian fans. A lot of nice people support Everton but it is a game for us and we have to respect this.
“I am in a positive mood because I am looking forward to it.
“Football is not the most important thing in the world but on Monday in Liverpool it probably is so let’s do our best.”