The Rebound: Klopp to ‘consult’ with Rodgers on managing title run-in

Current Liverpool manager keen to learn from ex-Reds gaffer's 'experiences'...

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A Rebound source close to Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has claimed that the German coach has invited Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers to a meeting at Anfield on Wednesday morning. The exact details of this Brendezvous remain unclear, but the source asserts Klopp has requested Rodgers deliver an in-depth breakdown of the second half of Liverpool’s 2013-14 season.

“Jurgen’s asked Brendan to slip over to Liverpool from the Midlands in order to chat about what happened five years ago,” says the source. “He’s determined not to let this slip, and is trying everything in his power to keep the players on their feet, figuratively speaking. The other day he brought the lads to a BYOB pub in Tranmere for a few relaxing bottles and they enjoyed it so much he immediately insisted that we go again.

“The chat with Brendan is just another idea Jurgen’s exploring. The only problem is, I’m not sure it’s registered with Brendan the precise nature of what he’s insisting on calling a ‘Champions Seminar’ – I’ve seen a few slides of the Power Point he’s prepared, and there’s quite a lot in there about Dedryck Boyata. I think I saw one headlined ‘Creating a dynasty: How I conquered the competitive world of Scottish football, okay.”

The Rebound reached out via Viber to a source in the Rodgers camp, who said: “Yes, I can confirm the rumours are true – Jurgen Klopp has asked Brendan to give a detailed presentation on how he successfully led Celtic to a pair of successful title-wins in 2016-17 and 2017-18.

“Jurgen is particularly eager to learn from how Brendan successfully coped with pressure during these successful title run-ins, as winning a league is not something Klopp has done in his career so far, apart from those two Mickey Mouse German league titles, which can’t really be compared to successive Scottish Prem gongs.”

When it was suggested to this source that, in fact, Klopp had invited Rodgers back to Liverpool to learn how not to manage Liverpool in a Premier League title-race, the source replied, “Excuse me? I have no idea what you’re talking about, unfortunately. Anyway, Brendan does this great thing with two sealed envelopes…”

It is believed that Klopp has also contacted Steven Gerrard for further information on how things unfolded in 2013-14, but the Rangers manager indicated he was unavailable.

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