Georginio Wijnaldum has revealed that the Liverpool players were left in hysterics when manager Jurgen Klopp wore Cristiano Ronaldo-branded boxer shorts for his team-talk ahead of the 2018 Champions League final against Real Madrid.Klopps joke served to reduce the tension in the Liverpool squad, and, although they were eventually beaten 3-1 by Real in Kiev, Wijnaldum recalls the team-talk fondly.
The Liverpool boss stuffed his shirt inside his CR7 boxers, with the players left on the floor laughing.
Liverpools Jurgen Klopp wore Cristiano Ronaldo boxers during Champions League team-talk
Klopp hilariously stuffed his shirt inside his CR7 boxers, leaving his players in hysterics
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He did the meeting with his shirt stuffed inside his CR7 boxers. The whole changing room was on the floor laughing their heads off. That really broke the ice. Usually in those situations, everyone is serious and concentrated. But he was relaxed and made this joke. Liverpool lost Mohamed Salah to injury in the first half following a robust challenge from Sergio Ramos and Real took the lead in the 51st minute through Karim Benzema.
Georginio Wijnaldum revealed Klopp often likes to make jokes to lighten the mood 2018 CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FINAL FACTFILE Real Madrid (4-1-2-3): Navas, Carvajal (Nacho 37), Varane, Ramos, Marcelo, Modric, Casemiro, Kroos, Isco (Bale 61), Benzema (Asensio 88), RonaldoSubs: Casilla, Hernandez, Lucas, Kovacic Scorers: Benzema 51, Bale 64, 83Liverpool (4-3-3): Karius, Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, Van Dijk, Robertson, Milner (Can 82), Henderson, Wijnaldum, Salah (Lallana 31), Firmino, ManeSubs: Mignolet, Clyne, Klavan, Moreno, Solanke Scorer: Mane 55 Although Sadio Mane equalised for Liverpool, it was Real who prevailed, with Gareth Bale hitting a brace and Reds goalkeeping Loris Karius enduring a torrid time.
Wijnaldum added that Klopps team-talk wasnt a one-off, with the charismatic coach often electing to lighten the mood.Hes done hundreds of jokes likes that, Wijnaldum said. 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. Klopp has managed to create a close-knit squad at Liverpool,.....