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‘If the boys just looked so focused when I spoke it would be really cool!’: Jurgen Klopp jokes that his Liverpool stars were left in awe by a visit from Warriors’ NBA title-winning coach Steve Kerr last week
- Klopp called nine-time NBA champion a ‘great guy’ with a ‘great woman’
- He also described the Golden State Warriors as “one of the greatest in the game”
- Mo Salah tweeted a photo right after Kerr’s visit, showing him and his teammates
- Kerr was fresh off his fourth NBA crown in charge of the mighty Warriors
Jurgen Klopp admits his Liverpool stars paid more attention to visiting NBA champion Steve Kerr than to him.
The Golden State Warriors coach, a nine-time NBA champion as a player and coach, is a Liverpool fan and took the opportunity to visit their training ground last week.
And he turned out to be such an instant hit that Klopp jokingly admitted he was inspired to capture the moment on his phone.
Jurgen Klopp admits his Liverpool stars paid more attention to Steve Kerr than to him
“I actually took a picture when he was talking to the players and I told the guys that if they looked so focused when I spoke to you, that would be really cool,” Klopp joked.
“He’s a great guy, he was here with his wife, a great lady.
“One of the biggest in the game, huh? Absolutely excellent but it shows that you can be seen as a great person in public but smart people stay very grounded and it was a real pleasure to meet them.”
Mo Salah tweeted a photo immediately after the visit showing him plus teammates Trent Alexander-Arnold and Virgil van Dijk holding Kerr to every word.
Kerr, for his part, claimed he was star-struck to finally meet Klopp, who he has often talked about during his own press conferences with Golden State.
Golden State Warriors head coach and nine-time NBA champion Steve Kerr traveled to England last week to visit Liverpool FC’s players and staff. Pictured: Mo Salah (far left), Trent Alexander-Arnold (second from left) and Virgil Van Dijk (second from right) talking to Steve Kerr (right)
Kerr’s wife, Margot, also tweeted a photo of her husband (center) on the Liverpool FC training ground last week. Coach Jürgen Klopp jokingly told his players that he wished they could look as focused when talking to them as when Kerr talks to them.
And with Kerr fresh off his fourth NBA crown and in charge of the mighty Warriors, he found a kindred spirit in the Liverpool manager.
“We just had a good time,” Klopp said. “I told him what we do here and of course the football and basketball training grounds look a little different, but he liked everything he saw here.
“It’s a great place and we talked about how we deal with different things and all those things.
“The only time I was really happy that I hadn’t become a basketball coach was when he said he had to do the press every day. Wow! That would be a killer.
“But he’s on a four-month break, which is cool. He promised me he would speak about it publicly, but he hasn’t yet!’
Klopp described Kerr’s visit as ‘excellent’ ahead of his team’s game against Newcastle