Liverpool first-team regular delivers criticism of Klopp
By Alex Stevens
James Milner has claimed Jurgen Klopp is “too emotional” on the touchline in an otherwise ringing endorsement of the Liverpool manager.
Klopp has made a huge impression in the Premier League over the last 12 months, with his emotional touchline antics regarded as hugely entertaining by Liverpool fans and neutrals alike.
But Liverpool regular Milner, 30, believes there are downsides to the German’s immense energy as he ran the rule over the latest manager in his lengthy top-flight career.
““I’ve probably had too many managers but every manager is different,” said Milner, as quoted by the Telegraph. “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.”
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Klopp has revealed he was “angry” at half-time after a “bad” first half from Liverpool in their 2-1 win over Swansea on Saturday.
The Merseyside giants were 1-0 down at the break after Leroy Fer took advantage of the visitors’ susceptibility to set pieces by giving the Welsh side an advantage.
But Liverpool fought back in the second half, with Roberto Firmino levelling with a header before James Milner secured the three points with an ice-cool 84th minute penalty.
“He held it in just enough,” Milner added of Klopp to the Telegraph. “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 a top manager. He has proved that before and hopefully we can be very successful with him.
“There’s a long way to go and it’s early stages. We’re pleased with the win and we know we can beat anyone on our day. We have got to keep that going.”
Liverpool’s fourth consecutive Premier League win lifted them temporarily to second place in the table before they ended the week in fourth after Arsenal and Tottenham secured notable wins on Sunday afternoon.
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