Why Alexander-Arnold and Mbappe are perfect role models – Klopp
Liverpool manager, Jurgen Klopp gives out attributes players must display to attain highest level and why Trent Alexander-Arnold and Kylian Mbappe are perfect role models.
The German boss gives insight that sometimes talent alone is not enough and how stould stay at the top of their games while they attract interest from big clubs.
“In the last couple of years I have seen a lot of talented boys,” he said.
“It’s unbelievable how early it starts, 14, 15 or 16 you see them ready.
“The combination of speed and technique is often very obvious.
“But very often what you see with young players is that nobody has really taught them the game, so what are they doing when they don’t have the ball?
“They can have the ball and be unbelievable but when the ball is somewhere else you don’t see movements, you don’t see offers.
“A player when they are young need to have talent and an obvious football character and show how are they involved in the game.”
Klopp believes that as a young player you of course need to have talent but you also need to be a “normal player”.
He highlighted the world class talents of Kylian Mbappe, who plays for Paris Saint-Germain, and Reds right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold.
“You need to be normal football player with extraordinary skills,” Klopp said.
“For example, I saw Kylian Mbappe when he was 16 and everybody knew then just wow he was going to be amazing.
“And he is a nice kid, and a world-class player. He’s a good example for the next generation.
“When the day comes where he is not playing he is not questioning me and asking why not, he knows I’ve thought about it so he doesn’t have to. That’s pretty smart from him to be honest.”
Asked in an interview with Unisport and New Balance about whether young players should work on fixing their weaknesses or building on their strongest attributes and if he looks for a specific highlight in a player the ‘x-factor’.
“Football is a game of mistakes and faults,” he said.
“Human beings are built on weaknesses. But we build on strengths. It takes a while to talk about the weakness, if we even talk about them.
“So, step by step we try to improve everything in all departments and delete the not-so-good things.
“The best thing could be a long throw-in, a good left foot or good finishing but it’s never just one special thing.
“It is always different but each player needs to have something.”
In the interview the Liverpool boss also explained why talent is not enough and how outside factors can influence everything before he outlined just what a player need to do to stay at the top of their game.
“There could be a 15 or 16-year-old and he is the best player in the world. He could be anywhere at any club in any country,he said.
“They needs to have interest from the outside. That changes something inside of you then.
“The more interest that comes, the more you change. Agents will be coming around too.
“If this is all good, and you go to the next club and you have a good coach and then you grow.
“However, things can happen.
“We judge them so early, but if they start growing then they might not be quick enough. Sometimes its nature and things can happen physically.
“Very often the biggest problem with young boys is they don’t have the patience anymore, if they’re not 18 and in the first-team it’s a question like what’s wrong. Today if at 22 you don’t have 100 first-team league games that’s not cool but we try to give the boys time and sometimes the boys don’t want that.
“Training and lifestyle are how to stay at the top of the game. You can’t enjoy life on the highest level, you have to take care of yourself. Alcohol is b******t for recovery, we don’t say it’s not allowed but it makes no sense.
“Nowadays we do a lot to help the players with life around football. Nutrition is a very big thing, if you sleep enough, train hard, eat and drink the right things that’s what you need for a long career.
“Plus you need luck and not getting injured.”