In a post-match interview understandably dominated by the interpretation of the red card, Klopp still effectively communicates a number of messages.
He draws attention to the chances Liverpool created and describes the failure to take these chances as “my biggest problem today”.
“We had all we needed to score some goals.”
Klopp’s analysis of the red card adds little to the existing debate. “It was unfortunate…it was an accident…in my opinion it was not a red card.”
More interesting are the additional reasons he gives for the subsequent performance. Believing that, “then you felt the intensity of the international week” and “we have young boys on the pitch, so there was not a lot of right decisions.”.
5-0 may be a an unpleasant score line, but Klopp contributes a memorable line as to how it should be remembered through his use of Chiasmus.
” Better one five-nil, than five one-nils”
He ends the interview by looking forward.
“It was a very bad one. That is life. You take what you get and make the best of it. That is what we will do.”
Leadership communication lesson
A significant set back will always mean there is more focus on what you say and what you do. An effective leader will recognise this as an opportunity and be very clear on how they want to use the additional attention. Alternatively, if the leader reacts emotionally to the set back, the opportunity can be lost and their leadership is likely to be placed under additional scrutiny.