Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp regularly runs down the Anfield tunnel upon hearing the half-time whistle during matches – but why does he do it?
Some viewers will have spotted the German boss sprinting down the touchline at half time during the Reds’ clash against Chelsea.
He is one of a number of managers who prefer to get away from the touchline quickly, with other managers preferring a slower approach – depending on the scoreline.
But Klopp is usually quite consistent in always running down the tunnel, regardless of whether Liverpool are ahead or behind in the game.
The routine dates back to his time at Borussia Dortmund manager, where the German manager achieved incredible success in lifting two consecutive Bundesliga titles.
As it turns out, it is all to do with specific timing.
In 2016, after his appointment as Liverpool manager, Klopp told Goal (quotes viaLiverpool’s official website): “Sometimes I’m really waiting for half time. It’s like, ‘Come on, four minutes, five minutes to go’, so we can fix things.
“The break is a very important time. I give the players first the opportunity to breathe, to drink and the medical staff check if they are all alright.
“Then we watch a few situations from the first half. Only when they are really clear for our message we use them. If not, we don’t and I talk to the players.
“I really like it because it’s a very important situation. For example: You are 2-0 in the lead and everybody knows 2-0 doesn’t decide the game at half time, but actually sometimes it feels like it.
“It’s a real challenge to stay concentrated, to stay awake, to do the right things, to keep on going and all that stuff. Or being 1-0 down, which is a completely different situation and there’s so many to work through.”
Liverpool fans won’t have many more opportunities to see Klopp running down the touchline as Reds boss, however, with the German announcing he will leave Anfield at the end of the season.
Will his successor keep up the routine? Fans will have to wait and see.