Lucas Leiva has described his initial experiences of training under Jürgen Klopp as ‘very positive’…
Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva has given a tantalising first glimpse into life at Melwood under new Reds boss Jürgen Klopp.
The ex-Borussia Dortmund manager, who was appointed to the role at Liverpool on Thursday, took charge of his first training session at the beginning of the week but, due to injuries and international duty, Lucas is one of only a handful of regular first team stars to participate in every session so far.
For the popular Brazilian, Klopp represents a fifth different manager since he arrived on Merseyside back in 2007. Consequently his thoughts and opinions carry plenty of weight around the club.
Speaking to Liverpoolfc.com, Lucas assessed: “So far, so good. Monday was our first day on the grass with the new manager in charge. It has been very positive.
“There is a lot of information and as players we need to listen a lot now, and learn and try to put everything he asks us to do onto the pitch and off the pitch as well. It has been very good, very positive and hopefully it will keep going like that.
“He seems to be very passionate – he likes to put in everything that he has and he asks the players for the same. Be very intense, be aggressive with yourself, is what he has been saying.
“Always try to be better, always give 10 metres more, because that will be the key to success. That is what he has been saying to us in the last couple of days.
“He seems to be a very open manager and someone that likes to be close to the players.”
Prior to moving to Anfield, Klopp secured back-to-back Bundesliga titles and reached a Champions League final during an impressive seven-year spell at Dortmund.
His achievements, and the brand of football played, have certainly impressed Lucas, who added: “His CV is amazing so I think everyone is really excited to learn with him and improve as a player and a team, because that’s the only way we will achieve what we want.
“I watch a lot of football, of course. The year they arrived in the Champions League final, I remember their games, especially against Manchester City in Manchester, where they were fantastic…
“If we have the same success that Dortmund had when he was there, everyone will be happy. That’s why we’re really positive about it.”
Liverpool’s first game under Klopp is against Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday lunchtime and, despite the recent upheaval and an underwhelming start to the new campaign, Lucas feels there is plenty of reason to be optimistic for a successful season.
“We are not many points behind the top four and even the top,” analysed the 28-year-old. “We still have the cups and the Europa League.
“It’s still early days in the season and we have a lot to play for. Hopefully, we’ll start very well under him and at the end of the season it’ll be a successful season for us.
“It’s a fresh start for everyone. Everyone is starting from zero really and everyone will have to prove that you deserve to be here and play for him.
“He said to us that he’s here because he believes in the team and the club, of course.
“We just have to make sure that we get all the information and try to adapt as soon as possible because as soon as we start to put together everything that he says, we have a better chance to succeed.”
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