Jurgen Klopp can put off opponents before a ball has been kicked, by standing and staring at teams warming up, claims Brighton striker Glenn Murray.
The Liverpool boss likes to take in any information he can ahead of kick-off by watching the opposing side being put through their paces in the warm-up.
Nothing wrong with that, you would think, but the German taking a stance in the middle of the centre-circle and staring at the training drills can be very unnerving, according to Murray.
‘Klopp does this thing before the game, I don’t know if anyone’s noticed it,’ Murray told talkSPORT.
‘So he’ll walk right up to the halfway line and stand right on the spot and he’ll just stare into the opposition half. It’s really off-putting.
‘He just stands on the halfway line and just watches the opposition warm up.
‘It really throws you the first time it happens because you’re like, ‘what is he doing? He’s not even looking at his own team, he’s just watching us’.
‘He won’t break his view, he’ll just keep watching the whole time.’Former Tottenham, Sunderland, Aston Villa and Charlton striker Darren Bent corroborated Murray’s story, remembering Klopp doing the same thing when Liverpool played Bent’s Derby side.
It took an intervention from manager Nigel Pearson for the German to stand down.
‘It’s funny Glenn says that because when I was at Derby, we played Liverpool in a cup game,’ said Bent.
‘We were warming up and he did the exact same thing. He stood on the halfway line and watched us warm up.
‘It took Nigel Pearson, who was in charge at the time, to go, “what’s going on here?”
‘He walked up to Jurgen Klopp and went, “is everything alright?” He said “yeah, yeah, yeah” and trotted away.’
It is a routine Klopp goes through in almost every match, as he prepares for kick-off.
Even before a pre-season friendly with Chester in the summer of 2018 the Liverpool Echo wrote in their live report: ‘It might only be Chester but Jurgen Klopp keeping to his usual routine of watching the opposition warm up intently.
‘Not taken his eyes off the National League North squad doing their passing drills.’