Virgil van Dijk says Jurgen Klopp is ‘like a father’ when it comes to talking to Liverpool players about the Quadruple. The Reds could make history this season.
Could Liverpool actually win all four trophies this season? It’s possible, of course, even if it still feels very unlikely. The Reds must find perfection, after all – and hope Manchester City don’t match it.
That’s enough to drive anyone crazy and handling talk about the Quadruple is one of Jurgen Klopp’s biggest tasks right now. He’s got to keep his players grounded and focused on each individual game.
So how does he do that, exactly? Virgil van Dijk offered a little explanation to BT Sport this week, saying the boss is ‘like a father’ with it all.
“[We don’t think about it] at all,” said the Dutchman. “Not at all. And that comes from the manager, I think.
“He’s like a father – he teaches us that there’s no point thinking about these things because it could also go the other way.”
Liverpool and the Quadruple
This kind of management is the ‘secret’ to Liverpool’s success, really. Klopp has a magnificent ability to ground his players and generate momentum through sheer force of will.
And that’s what’s needed right now. Liverpool are trying to pull off a force of will as much as a demonstration of ability. They’ve got to win even when consistency fails them – and that means taking every single game as seriously as possible.
That’s what they’ve been doing and it could well carry them to more trophies this season. As Klopp apparently says, though, the players have got to be prepared for failure – it could ‘go the other way’. In fact, it could go the other way even if Liverpool win every remaining game.
The Premier League title isn’t in their hands and City can take the Quadruple away from Liverpool with a perfect record. So as has been the message all along, Liverpool must take things one game at a time and see what they end up with. It’s the only real way to do this.