Jurgen Klopp wore ‘CR7’ boxer shorts for the 2018 Champions League final team talk against Real Madrid, leaving his Liverpool squad “on the floor laughing their heads off”.
Georginio Wijnaldum has hilariously revealed how Klopp attempted to reduce the tension before facing Real Madrid in the Champions League final.
Klopp arrived for the team meeting donning a pair of Ronaldo-branded briefs. He rocked up with his shirt tucked into his boxers as Liverpool players collapsed in hysterics.
“We saw he was wearing the boxer shorts of Cristiano Ronaldo,” Wijnaldum told The Athletic.
“That really broke the ice. Usually in those situations, everyone is serious and concentrated. But he was relaxed and made this joke.
“He’s done hundreds of jokes likes that. If you see that your manager is really confident and relaxed, it will have an effect on players. He is a father figure in those things for the players. With his jokes and his body language, he takes the pressure off players.”
The laughter-filled team talk failed to inspire Liverpool to victory as Real Madrid claimed another Champions League after beating the Reds 3-1 in Kiev.
But the Premier League side would go on to win the very same competition a year later, beating Tottenham 2-0 in Madrid to record their sixth European title.
The Dutchman continued to heap praise on his manager by calling him a “really good friend”.
“When I have problems, I can always go to the manager,” he added. “I can text him a few days before and ask if he has a minute for me. He is always curious about what it is. ‘Is it something bad, good? What is it?’
“He always tries to empathise with the other person, to feel what they’re going through. He is a really special man for me. I see him as more than a manager – a really good friend.
“Everyone asks me how he is as a person. ‘Is it fake what he does on the sidelines?’ No, that is how he is. Even in training he is the same. That’s how he is.”
Liverpool have the chance to secure another European trophy in the shape of the UEFA Super Cup as they face Chelsea in Istanbul.