James Milner has labelled Jurgen Klopp ‘one of the best managers he’s played for’ after spilling the beans on the German’s coaching techniques.
The Liverpool boss is approaching his one-year anniversary at Anfield with his team in good shape – two points off the top of the Premier League leaders after just one defeat – to Burnley – in their first seven games.
Milner’s match-winning penalty at Swansea on Saturday made it five straight victories in league and cup, and the veteran of six clubs says Klopp’s training sessions are “different to anything” he experienced under the likes of Terry Venables, Martin O’Neill and Roberto Mancini.
Speaking to the Daily Telegraph, Milner said: “I’ve probably had too many managers but every manager is different. “They all have their own strengths and weaknesses.
“He [Klopp] is a top manager and he’s definitely one of the best that I have worked with. His organisation sessions are different to anything else that I have ever experienced.
“His passion can only be a good thing. Sometimes, when he is bouncing on the touchline with enthusiasm, the only thing you could say is that he is maybe too emotional.”
Milner on Swansea fightback
That was not the case at the weekend when a forensic analysis of his side’s first-half failings sparked a revival which earned Liverpool maximum points in south Wales.
“He held it in just enough,” Milner said. “We knew he was angry, you could tell, but he still put his words across well.
“It’s easy to fly off the handle and not be very productive. We know how emotional he is but he did a great job. He said the right things and we came out and performed how we should.
“He deserves a lot of credit. He is top manager. He has proved that before and hopefully we can be very successful with him.”