Tuesday 17 September 2019

'Nobody can avoid asking for a selfie': Jurgen Klopp reveals why he doesn't watch Liverpool's opponents in action

WIGAN, ENGLAND - JULY 17: Jurgen Klopp manager of Liverpool takes a selfie with fans during the Pre-Season Friendly match between Wigan Athletic and Liverpool at JJB Stadium on July 17, 2016 in Wigan, England. (Photo by Nigel Roddis/Getty Images)
WIGAN, ENGLAND - JULY 17: Jurgen Klopp manager of Liverpool takes a selfie with fans during the Pre-Season Friendly match between Wigan Athletic and Liverpool at JJB Stadium on July 17, 2016 in Wigan, England. (Photo by Nigel Roddis/Getty Images)
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has revealed why he doesn’t attend matches in person to scout on his team’s next opponents - and the logic behind his decision might surprise you.

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola was a watching observer at Liverpool’s game against Stoke on Tuesday night, as he got an up close and personal view of his side’s next opponents ahead of their crucial trip to Anfield on Saturday.

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Guardiola’s appearance at the game sparked a debate over why many top managers opt to stay away from games and do most of their preparation work from watching opponents on TV.

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho and Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger rarely attend games at rival stadiums and Klopp gave a view on why they might avoid the spotlight at his latest press conference.

“I like watching football, but the problem is when I go there nobody can avoid asking for a selfie,” he said with a smile.

“I can see it better from home. When I was younger and nobody knew me then I watched each weekend at football stadiums.

“I watched Man City a lot, but just not in the stadium. We have much better camera angles for analysis. It’s not like watching it on the couch.”

Premier League clubs invest heavily in video and data analysis every year, with Klopp, Mourinho and Wenger clearly relying on that kind of information rather than seeing upcoming opponents live in action.

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