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Jurgen Klopp responds after Jesse Marsch’s FC Salzburg team talk goes viral: “I’d leave Liverpool”

By Harry Edwards

Published: 15:59, 4 October 2019

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has insisted he would leave the club if they filmed and released footage of his half-time team talks.

The Reds avoided a shock in the Champions League on Wednesday as they beat Red Bull Salzburg 4-3 at Anfield. Klopp’s men had taken a 3-0 lead in the first half thanks to goals from Sadio Mane, Andrew Robertson and Mohamed Salah.

What would cause Klopp to leave Liverpool? Five things to know…

  • Liverpool beat Red Bull Salzburg 4-3 in the Champions League on Wednesday.
  • The Reds had been 3-0 up but were pulled back to 3-3 in the second half.
  • In the aftermath of the game, footage appeared of Salzburg manager’s half-time team talk.
  • Jesse Marsch has received praise for the passion shown in the expletive-heavy video – filmed as part of a documentary on Salzburg.
  • But Klopp insists he would leave Liverpool in they put cameras in the dressing room.

But the away side scored just before half-time through Hwang Hee-chan and then proceeded to draw level in the second half with goals from Takumi Minamino and Erling Braut Håland, before Salah got his second to secure three points for Liverpool.

Despite the defeat at Anfield, Salzburg have continuously earned plaudits for their attacking football, with Jesse Marsch’s men having scored 54 goals in 13 games across all competitions this season, including nine in the two Champions League matches.

And Marsch has hit the headlines in the aftermath of the game, after footage appeared of his very passionate, expletive-riddled, half-time team talk at Anfield. The footage appears to have been captured as part of a documentary on the club called “JEDER.MANN Des is Soizburg” which is released weekly in Austria and available worldwide at the end of the month, as teased by the club’s social media accounts.

During the team talk, Marsch asked for his players to be more ruthless against Liverpool centre-back Virgil van Dijk, while also adding more physically. Beware, there is some very strong language ahead.

“Firstly, how many fouls have we committed? Maybe two?” he said.

“It’s not a f*****g friendly, it’s a Champions League match. We’ve got to play more physical and get stuck in.

“Be more ruthless against Van Dijk, we play with too much respect. Too much respect.

“Are they strong? Yes. But it doesn’t mean that we should be nice to them and don’t tackle them or fight.

“They have to feel us guys, they have to know we’re f*****g here to compete, not just that we’re here to stylistically going to try and play the same way, but we came to f*****g play.

“We’re going to talk about tactics but when we step on to that field with more confidence and will. Now it’s us against them. Let’s f*****g raise our will, our fight.

“We’ve seen that they are strong but we can do better and breathe life into our game. Self-confidence, physicality, that’s what it’s all about. They are not so dangerous with set-pieces.

“Come on, we have more to offer.”

But while Marsch has been hailed for his passion, which saw Salzburg almost complete a perfect comeback, Klopp insists he would not be happy if he were put in that situation.

“If LFCTV had put out a video of me in that situation, I would leave the club,” he told reporters.

“That’s the truth and that’s all I will say about that.”

Football club documentaries

Liverpool, in the past, have had their own documentary series with “Being: Liverpool” following the club during their pre-season tour ahead of the 2012/13 Premier League campaign.

Defending Premier League champions Manchester City have also had cameras following them, with the “All or Nothing” series fortunate enough to capture their record-breaking title win in 2017/18.

Documentary fans have also been treated to “Sunderland ‘Til I Die” which followed the club’s relegation to League 1, “First Team: Juventus” and “Take Us Home” a behind-the-scenes look at Leeds United, among many others.