'What's Klopp doing?': BBC Pundit absolutely baffled by what Liverpool boss did before FA Cup final penalties
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'What's Klopp doing?': BBC Pundit absolutely baffled by what Liverpool boss did before FA Cup final penalties

Chris Sutton was confused by what Jurgen Klopp was telling Sadio Mane before he took his penalty in Liverpool’s FA Cup final win on Saturday.

Mane’s missed penalty was the only one for Liverpool as they beat Chelsea to lift the cup. After the game, Jurgen Klopp claimed that Liverpool’s work with neuroscientists neuro11 was behind the shootout win.

The Liverpool boss also claimed that he told Mane to put his penalty the opposite way to usual before the shootout.

Speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live’s The Monday Night Club, Sutton questioned why Klopp felt the need to speak to Mane.

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“What’s Klopp doing then? Getting these guys into help and then telling Sadio Mane to do the opposite,” he said.

The former striker did state his interest in Liverpool’s approach to neuroscience. But Sutton also queried whether what The Reds are doing in that regard is really as cutting edge as being made out.

“Do you know what, I think it’s really interesting, but it is about fine margins, but is this new, what they are doing?” questioned Sutton.

Liverpool making a winning habit from the spot

Klopp’s determination to find marginal gains for Liverpool is well-documented. As well as attributing Saturday’s penalty’s success to neuro11, the manager also praised them back in February after the Carabao Cup win over Chelsea.

“We work together with neuro11. In pre-season, you should have seen it. In the training camp, the boys (neuro11) are training set-pieces with the boys,” Klopp said in February via LFCTV GO.

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““Each player went through a proper drill – psychological, and others, to do penalties, corners, free-kicks, but penalties as well.”

Clearly, Klopp has been impressed with the work the scientists have been doing with Liverpool. The fact that The Reds have faced and won two cup final shootout’s since working with them speaks for itself.

Should Liverpool go the full distance against Real Madrid in the Champions League final, they’ll be supremely confident that they can do it again.

Mentality monsters at it again

Penalties aren’t an exact science, but a lot of it can come down to mentality. Confidence breeds confidence in these kind of scenarios. It isn’t a coincidence that Klopp’s ‘mentality monsters’ keep getting the job done in the most nerve-wracking moments of all.

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Even Mane, for his miss on Saturday, may have benefitted away from Liverpool. The 30-year-old took two momentous penalties for his country this season and found the net both times.

If it does end up the same way in Paris, hopefully Jurgen stays away from giving advice to his number 10 this time!

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