Liverpool egghead Jurgen Klopp has disclosed he sent his squad a long text message the morning after their 7-2 massacre at the hands of Aston Villa.
The shocking defeat came for the current Premier League champions just before the international break, which resulted in Klopp not getting the opportunity to speak with his players once he had time to properly dissect the game.
After a tough night dwelling on the result and unable to talk directly to his players, the Reds manager decided to send them all a text message relaying his thoughts and feelings.
Klopp is convinced that by addressing the situation straight away, Liverpool can now move on and prepare for an upcoming clash against Everton.
“The night after the game was not the best night of my life but I got up in the morning and I knew I had to speak to my boys but they were not here,” Klopp told BBC Sport.
“So I texted them a long, long message which was pretty much my thoughts about the things which had happened and after that I felt much better because then it was out and from that moment we could carry on and that’s what we did.
“Now we are here and we have had enough time to deal with it. Losing a game is the exact opposite of what you want, losing it 7-2 makes it of course worse but sometimes we have to show that it can be useful.
“We have the chance to show that on Saturday lunchtime against Everton so that makes it really interesting because we face a team who is flying obviously and we got a proper knock. So now let’s see who deals better with what.”
Klopp isn’t surprised to see Everton performing so well under manager Carlo Ancelotti – a man he has plenty of respect for.
“Top team, top manager. What I think about Carlo Ancelotti was never a secret,” Klopp told Premier League Productions. “I couldn’t respect him more as a person and as a coach. He’s a wonderful human being, to be honest.
“I knew from the first day when I heard that he will sign for Everton, I thought, ‘Ah, the next proper challenger in line.'”