It’s quite the honeymoon German coach of Liverpool, Jurgen Klopp, is enjoying in English football.
Fans, opponents and media alike all lavish praise.
In the build up to the knife-edge Europa League second leg, I couldn’t help but mention his comments before a sucker punch one-nil loss away in the first.
Here’s a brief summary of that pre-match press conference final exchange;
journo: Do you need a goal […a double-counting away goal]?
kloppo: “I want to score.”
journo: So must you?
kloppo: “Preparation is about the performance, not the result.”
kloppo: “The result is always the result of the performance.”
Sport. Sales. Success.
Surely the winning attitude is the same.