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Jurgen Klopp has never bowed to populist opinion as Liverpool manager.
Throughout his five years in the Anfield hotseat, Klopp has often swam against the strength of public tide, preferring to do things his own way.
“I am not a control freak,” he professes in new Liverpool documentary ‘The End Of The Storm’. “I just think things should happen in a specific way.”
Take, for example, his handling over the Reds’ jaunt to the Club World Cup last year.
To many on these shores, the mid-season trip to Qatar was an unnecessary risk to his side’s Premier League title aims.
Rather than sending a youth team to the middle east and contesting a Carabao Cup quarter-final at Aston Villa, instead, Klopp marched to his own drum
He would be rewarded for the courage of his convictions as Liverpool won the only trophy that had previously eluded them before returning to England to tighten their grip on the title with a 4-0 win at Leicester on Boxing Day.
A few months later, Klopp would once again face howls of derision when he revealed an unwanted FA Cup replay would be no reason to cancel a week off for him and his players.