By Alex Taylor
Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren has revealed Jurgen Klopp allowed him time off last season to be with his sick daughter.
Lovren, 27, was granted time away from Anfield ahead of the Reds Europa League clash against Augsburg in February.
The centre-back’s daughter was understood to have been preparing for an operation in Lovren’s home country Croatia when he was granted the time off.
Lovren fondly recalls how Klopp’s man-management made a strong impression on him.
“I will never forget he gave me a couple of days off when I had a problem with my daughter,” Lovren told the Express. “She was ill and in hospital and needed an operation.
“It was at the time of the Augsburg game away in February and he said to me, ‘Go to Croatia. Be with your daughter’. These things are big for a player. He showed his personality then.”
Klopp has made a huge impression among players and fans since his arrival on Merseyside 12 months ago.
The former Borussia Dortmund manager has begun a revolution at the club after a period of stagnation under previous boss Brendan Rodgers.
Liverpool now sit fourth in the Premier League after picking up 16 points from seven matches this season.
Despite a 2-0 loss to Burnley in August Klopp’s side have taken points from every league game this season including wins against Arsenal, Chelsea and Leicester.