Liverpool Manager Urges Players to Adopt Kobe Bryant’s Mindset in Dealing With Failure

Published 01/02/2022, 11:45 AM EST
Los Angeles Lakers Kobe Bryant losses control of the ball after Minnesota Timberwolves Kevin Garnett,right, knocks ball away during first quarter action at Staples Center, Tuesday November 7, 2006. (Photo by Spencer Weiner/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)


Liverpool has turned into the giants they once were in 2004 under Jurgen Klopp. The German manager has transformed the club’s fortunes and now the club is stacked with world-class players in every position. One of those players is Mohamed Salah who is probably the best player in the world this season.

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Klopp snatched Salah from AS Roma in  2017 and since then, the Egyptian forward has scored goals consistently for the club. This season he has turned it up a notch as Liverpool try to get their hands on another trophy this season. However, what’s the reason for his extended success?

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Klopp explains why Mo Salah is so successful at Liverpool

In an interview ahead of the match against Chelsea, a reporter asked Jurgen Klopp about Mohamed Salah’s mindset. He said that Salah is a hard player to read emotionally and while he hasn’t gone through rough patches or extended periods of adversity, he still might miss the occasional penalty. The reporter wanted to know how Salah reacts in those situations.

Klopp answered the question and said that Salah hasn’t really gone through many bad days, but even when he does, it makes him hungrier to do better. He also brought up the example of Kobe Bryant to explain his point.

Kobe Bryant is still the one player with the most missed situations in NBA history and anyway was one of the greatest players ever. You have to try it, you have to come in these situations then you can fail,” Klopp said.

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Jurgen Klopp wants his players to try and fail rather than not try at all

Klopp didn’t just stop at Salah and added that this mentality is shared by Sadio Mane as well. Even if his forwards failed to score a goal in a certain situation, Klopp wants them to try again and things will be fine after that.

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If you fail there, no problem, go again and everything will be fine. And that’s pretty much the mindset, Mo’s (Salah) and Sadio’s (Mane) as well,” Klopp added.

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Aniket Awasthi

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Aniket Awasthi is a soccer author at EssentiallySports. This STEM undergraduate combines an insatiable urge to write with his admiration for soccer to enhance his journalism. He lists charismatic names like Cristiano Ronaldo and Marcus Rashford as his favorite players, but he is a great admirer of Karim Benzema too.

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