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'Not seeking perfection' - Klopp sets no plans in stone for the Reds

Mon 30 November 2020 | 12:54

The German manager declared that no ploy is set in stone given the continuing pandemic.

Jurgen Klopp

is not looking for ‘perfection’ as a coach and doesn’t plan to limit his side with targets.


is sitting second on the

Premier League

table, proving extraordinary stability in the last two seasons as they became Premier League champions in 2019-20. They also triumphed UEFA Super Cup and FIFA World Club Cup.

Klopp is the kind of manager who supervises and seeks trophy hunts, but the ongoing pandemic has made plan applications impractical. Therefore, the Reds’ manager avoids limiting his squad with plans.

This is not a season, this is not a time in life when you should limit yourself, in a positive and a negative way, with targets. It's just we all have to get through this situation. That's how it is

,” Klopp said.

For the players, it's incredibly intense what we are doing. We're all happy and it's without any alternative that we play. It's great – love it, fantastic – but it's all on the backs of the players.

“They have to deliver. You watch the game and if they don't play well, you still think: ‘That's not really good!’ You don't think about what they go through in the week, because we all have normal lives, obviously, left and right of the games we play.

“That's pretty much the same for all of us, where you cannot see friends, you cannot see your family, and all these things. Recovery is not only sleep, it's not only treatment.

"It's really giving yourself a bit of freedom to think about things you want to think about and not what you have to think about. In the world out there at the moment, the biggest problem is that we don't have this time often enough and it keeps us quite tense. That doesn't help if then you have a game to play every three days at 110%, in the best way.”

Klopp, who is widely regarded as one of the best managers in the world, does not aim for ‘perfection,’ in spite of his unquestionable delivery.

He added: “

As a human, as a person, probably the first thing I realised that helped me a lot in life is that I don't have to go for perfection because it's not possible. I didn't even try; I just always tried to make the best of the things I had, and it never went anywhere close to perfection, to be honest.

"With football, it's pretty much the same. So, we are always trying to be as good as possible, but perfection, I never saw it, and I watch a lot of football.

“As long as you are not perfect, you have space to improve, which is nice and gives you the drive to get through all the different challenges you face during a football season, a football career, or life. So, I'm not a specialist in perfection, obviously – probably the opposite – but I still try to push my boys to get there as close as possible.

“There is so much space for improvement. That's what we're working on, but while you try to improve, you should never forget what is good already and use that, and that's what we do as well.

"So, it's not an obvious thing to do every morning: ‘We have to get better, we have to get better’. No, we know some things are that good that it would sometimes be enough just to bring them consistently on the pitch


source: SportMob