Jurgen Klopp claims he would quit as Liverpool manager if the club attempted to film a new behind-the-scenes documentary, and says he is wholly opposed to allowing video cameras into the changing room.
After Wednesday’s Champions League victory over Red Bull Salzburg the Austrian club shared a clip on social media of their coach Jesse Marsch’s half-time team-talk at Anfield, in which the animated American switched between English and German as he tried to get his message across in an expletive-laden speech.
There is a growing trend for clubs to invite television crews into their inner sanctum and the Reds were one of the first to do it with the 2012 ‘Being: Liverpool’ documentary.
It focused on their first season under Klopp’s predecessor Brendan Rodgers, who coincidentally returns to Anfield for the first time with Leicester on Saturday, but while offering some fly-on-the-wall insight was often cringeworthy and was widely criticised by, among others, former players.
Rodgers subsequently admitted the documentary, which famously featured him admonishing a young Raheem Sterling on the training ground in front of his team-mates, and the memorable ‘three envelopes’ speech in which he claimed he had written down the names of three players he said would let them down over the impending campaign.
“If LFC put a video of me out in that situation, then I would leave the club. That’s the truth and that’s all I will say about it,” Klopp said.
Klopp considers Alisson return
The Liverpool manager has to deliberate considerably more on whether to bring goalkeeper Alisson Becker back into the starting line-up for the visit of Leicester.
A calf injury in the opening match of the season has sidelined the Brazil international ever since but he was back in full training on Thursday, leaving Klopp with a conundrum as he is keen to preserve the goalkeeper’s long-term fitness.
“With Alisson it is still, ‘maybe, maybe not’. Yesterday he trained with the team for the first time. He looked really good, but we will see,” said the Reds boss, who confirmed he will be without central defender Joel Matip for the second successive match.
“We have to talk to different people before I make a decision about that.”
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