“I’m the Boss Here!” – Jurgen Klopp’s Command Ignored by Liverpool Players
Liverpool players once faced a challenging request from their manager, Jurgen Klopp, which led to an intense response from the revered figure at Anfield.
Klopp’s reputation soared at Anfield as he transformed Liverpool into a powerhouse in world football. Since assuming the managerial role in October 2015, he orchestrated the Reds’ ascent to triumphs in the Champions League, Premier League, Carabao Cup, and FA Cup.
This success marked a staggering turnaround from Liverpool’s lackluster state upon his arrival. The team had been struggling under the leadership of previous manager Brendan Rodgers, languishing in 10th place in the Premier League and competing in the Europa League.
Klopp’s initial season saw Liverpool reach the Europa League final, although it resulted in the first of three heartbreaking defeats in European competitions under his tenure.
In a disappointing 3-1 loss to Sevilla at St. Jakob-Park, despite Daniel Sturridge providing an early lead, Kevin Gameiro’s equalizer after halftime and two quick goals from Coke secured victory for Unai Emery’s side.
James Milner, who had joined on a free transfer from Manchester City the previous summer, was part of that team. It was an evening that revealed Klopp’s unwavering belief in unity, irrespective of the outcome.
Recalling the incident on Liverpool’s official podcast, Milner shared how Klopp had requested all players to sing ‘We are Liverpool’ in the changing room after the defeat. However, faced with resistance from disheartened players, Klopp’s response was forceful and straightforward.
According to Anfield Edition, Milner recounted, “When we lost the Europa League final, some of the lads were feeling down and Klopp came in wanting us to sing ‘We are Liverpool.’ We refused, and then he said, ‘I’m your f**king manager,’ and that got us all up.”
This incident occurred in the same year when Liverpool faced ridicule for the perceived celebration of a 2-2 draw against West Bromwich Albion at Anfield.
Following Divock Origi’s last-minute equalizer, Klopp orchestrated his players to link arms and acknowledge the supporters inside Anfield. This gesture was aimed at fostering team spirit and expressing gratitude for the fans’ unwavering support. Klopp’s methods proved effective, solidifying his status as one of the most influential managers in Premier League history.
Milner departed Liverpool earlier this year, joining Brighton & Hove Albion. In his ten appearances across various competitions for the Seagulls, he embraced a new challenge as the club embarked on their inaugural Europa League campaign.