Enrique joined the Reds’ squad when Klopp took over five years ago, and has witnessed first-hand the influence he had on the club during his formative years.
Jose Enrique has familiarized himself with the unseen management skills that, in his opinion, make Jurgen Klopp a world leader in Liverpool.
EXCLUSIVE: The former Liverpool defender, Jose Enrique, gives insights into Jurgen Klopp’s game.
And Enrique believes that it is the management techniques applied in Merseyside that distinguish the German from his competitors on the sidelines.
Although he only made three appearances for Liverpool in Klopp’s term of office, the 34-year-old had seen enough to leave little doubt about the quality of the Liverpool boss.
The Spanish left-back had to retire in 2017 due to a knee injury he sustained during his time at Anfield, which prevented him from proving his suitability for Klopp in the long term.
“The intensity, how many hours and how much work he puts in. And Brendan (Rodgers) did as well, and Kenny (Dalglish), all the managers I had in Liverpool, to be honest.
In an exclusive blood-red podcast Enrique said: “People outside the club say ‘oh, he’s the best manager in the world’, but when you train with him, you realize why he’s the best manager in the world.
“He took all the families with him instead of just the players, and now other managers are doing the same. Pep Guardiola does it, Mikel Arteta does it, and they didn’t do it before. Now they are doing it.
“Obviously, Klopp specified it, and something that he changed the most for me were the trips with the national team (European games).
“People only see Liverpool as the starting 11 or 18 players in the squad, plus the manager, and there are so many people behind the club who help the players to play like that.
“Klopp wanted to make sure that the families of the players are happy in Liverpool. He tried to bring them together between the women and children so that they are happier and the players can concentrate on football.
“And it’s also up to the families. If things are not going well at home, you can see that on the pitch.
“So you think about it now and think that this is normal, but nobody has done that before [Klopp].
“It’s something that looks silly, but in the end it’s true. We’re players and I’m not now, but I used to be, and we’re normal people, and you have your life after football.
Klopp placed his players in the Melwood media room during one of his first terms and introduced them to all the other staff who were working on the ground at the time.
Enrique points out that this incident unites everyone connected with the club and that it was crucial to harness the spirit that prevails at Anfield today.
“You train until the middle of the day and then the rest of the day, you have your family, or you’re single and you have your friends, or you’re alone and it’s so important to feel loved and to feel like you have people around you. It is so important”…