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Why Jurgen Klopp runs down the tunnel at half-time, it paid off against Man United

Jurgen Klopp revealing why he runs down the tunnel at half-time shows it paid off in Liverpool’s 7-0 drubbing of Manchester United.

Liverpool smashed Man United 7-0 at Anfield last Sunday to record their biggest win over their arch rivals.

Klopp‘s side produced a sensational second-half display as they scored SIX goals without reply, with Darwin Nunez, Cody Gakpo, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino all getting on the score-sheet.

And their showing after the break emanated from Klopp’s half-time ritual of racing down the tunnel to analyse footage of the first-half that his coaching team have provided him with.

Jurgen Klopp watches on with his coaching team. Image: Alamy
Jurgen Klopp watches on with his coaching team. Image: Alamy

The information prepared for him ahead of the second-half clearly paid dividends as Liverpool smashed six goals past Erik ten Hag’s team.

Speaking in an interview in 2018 via The Mirror, he said: “Sometimes I’m really waiting for half-time. It’s like ‘come on four minutes, five minutes to go,’ so we can fix things.

“The break is a very important time. I give the players first the opportunity to breathe, to drink and the medical staff checks if they are all alright.

“Then we watch a few situations from the first half, only when they are really clear for our message we use them. If not, we don’t and I talk to the players.

“I really like it because it’s a very important situation. For example: you are 2-0 in the lead and everybody knows 2-0 doesn’t decide the game at half time, but actually sometimes it feels like it.”

Klopp’s right-hand man Peter Krawietz leads the video analysis and presents clips to the Liverpool manager, showing where they can improve.

“You probably always see me with the book, writing things down,” said Krawietz.

“What I’m doing there is knowing exactly the situations where we do well or the situations where we have problems, where we don’t probably find the solutions.

“I notice situations where we have problems in defending so probably the opponent can create chances against us.

“Then we try to create an overview and shortly before half-time, with around 35 minutes played, I try on the bench, together probably with Pep [Lijnders, the assistant manager] and Jurgen as well, to get an idea on what are the talking points for half-time.”

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