Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp said he “had a few words” with Andy Robertson during Wednesday’s 1-0 win against Ajax.
The Reds were far from their best in Amsterdam but dug in for a crucial victory, but not before Klopp and the Scotland international had exchanged views.
Klopp laughing, revealed it was far from a conversation, but more the German coach giving the full-back and his team-mates a “kick up the ass” and telling them to go for it in the Champions League opener.
With Robertson preparing to make his 100th Premier League appearance for Liverpool against Sheff Utd on Saturday, Klopp was asked his view on the Scotland international.
“Finally something nice to talk about. A wonderful story from the moment he arrived here. He has established himself on a really high level. So far, absolutely good or even better. I like him as a person. He’s pretty chatty,”
“We had a few words in Amsterdam. I was shouting at him like a devil and with his character he cannot hold back completely in his response,” said Klopp laughing.
“But he is like me as well, when it’s over it’s all fine. As long as you keep yourself together it’s all good. I like working with him because he is a brilliant character and a super player.”
Asked if he liked that in players, he said: “It’s not that I like it. It’s not a conversation usually. In this game it was not about exchanging information. It was more about kicking their ass and telling them to go for it because the game was still open.
“It was hard for the boys because Robbo got a proper knock on his chest and it was slightly difficult to breathe. Human beings are a bit like this. You feel a bit sorry for yourself. A bit of self pity, ‘it hurts so much’.
“Somebody just needs to tell you to worry talk about that after the match. That was my job, the only problem is that Robbo was next to me. So I shouted at him as loud as I shout to Shaqiri on the other side and obviously that’s the difference.”
Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder has suggested former Liverpool man Rhian Brewster could start at Anfield for the Blades on Saturday.
Klopp was asked whether knowing him so well would be an advantage.
Klopp said: “We all know him very well. That’s the problem – we know how good he is. Rhian used to be our boy but still we feel he is.
“I wish them a nearly perfect PL season – all world class games but two games off when they play us!
“If Rhian is on the pitch then we shouldn’t let him finish at all, wherever he gets the ball he is a natural finisher.
“The performances of Sheff Utd have not been bad and Wilder knows that. They’ve had a full week to prepare with strength in set-pieces, so we are focused on this and not what is going on in the Premier League.”