Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

A Rollercoaster Ride; Liverpool Coach Struggles to Hold Back Emotions

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

A Rollercoaster Ride; Liverpool Coach Struggles to Hold Back Emotions

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FOOTBALL: The one certainty of JA1/4rgen Klopp's three months with Liverpool is that he struggles to hide his emotions.

Whether it is his touchline spats with Tony Pulis and Sam Allardyce, the blunt assessment of his team's performance in losing 2-0 to West Ham on Saturday or the way he screws, unscrews and then plays with the water bottle that is his constant companion during press conferences, the German is an open book and, most probably, a psychologists' dream.

Klopp's players have clearly still to work out their relatively new manager, however, and they travel to Stoke City for tonight's Capital One Cup semi-final first-leg wondering, perhaps, whether to brace themselves for another post-match explosion if the former Borussia Dortmund coach is underwhelmed by events at the Britannia Stadium.

Klopp has gone for the arm-around-the-shoulder approach and the kick-up-the-backside routine during his brief time at Anfield and that inconsistency has been reflected in the team's results - winning away at Manchester City and Chelsea, but losing at Newcastle, Watford and West Ham.

While he admits that his patience with his players is not without limits, Klopp concedes that, after claiming to have uttered just three words to his team at the end of the game at Upton Park, he must play good cop again ahead of the trip to the Potteries.

''Yes, of course [my patience has a limit], always,'' Klopp said. ''But I build it up again after this, so it's not that I lose it forever because that's not allowed.

''I always say the truth to the players. If I'm satisfied in what I'm seeing, then I'm not interested in the result. But after West Ham, I really was not satisfied because it was not enough, so we had a talk about this and now we have to take the next chance, which is against Stoke.

''At West Ham, we were not really concentrated and not 100 per cent in our will in the situations around the two goals. …

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