The Dutch midfielder revealed his laughter manager had a Reds team ahead of their 2018 defeat to Real Madrid in Kiev
Gini Wijnaldum revealed that Jurgen Klopp held the Champions League final meeting in Cristiano Ronaldo's underpants before their 2018 clash with Real Madrid.
The pressure was on the Reds to advance to their first European Cup final since 2007, while claiming a third title in Madrid.
But, aware of the nervousness his players may be feeling in the run-up to the Kiev match, Wijnaldum revealed that Klopp's throbbing raised the pressure by arriving at a team meeting wearing Ronald's boxers.
"We saw him wearing Cristiano Ronaldo boxers," said the Dutchman Athletic. "He kept a meeting with his shirt strapped into his boxers. The whole locker room was on the floor, laughing at their heads.
"It really broke the ice. Usually in these situations everyone is serious and concentrated. But he was relaxed and made this joke.
"He made hundreds of jokes like this. If you see that your manager is really confident and relaxed, it will affect the players. He is a father figure in these things for the players. With his jokes and body language, he removes the pressure on the players."
Even though they were at a loss, with two goals from Gareth Bale that helped Madrid to a 3-1 victory over Klopp's side, they would go again in the 2018 season and claim the trophy again, beating Tottenham in the final.
And Wijnaldum talked about the special relationship the former Dortmund boss has with his players, insisting that he sees the German as a friend as well as his manager.
He added: "When I have problems, I can always go to the manager. I can send him a message a few days before and ask him if he has a minute for me. I always wonder what that is." Is that something bad, okay? What is it? & # 39;
"He's always trying to empathize with the other person, to feel what he's going through. He's a really special person to me. I consider him more than a manager – a really good friend.
"Everybody asks me how he is as a person." Is it false what he does aside? "No, he's like that. Even in training, he's the same. He's like that."
The former Newcastle United midfielder also gave an insight into how Klopp managed to keep his players focused during their remarkable 2018-19 campaign, which greeted them with a dizzying 97 Premier League points, only to be won by Manchester City.
"Inside, it's exactly the same as before. It's always honest and makes sure we don't want to fly. It tries to keep us with both feet on the ground," he said.
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"At the beginning of the season, when we were winning games, sometimes he got angry and angry with us because we weren't 100 percent focused. He was like, 'Do everything right, do the right thing, put in 100%. This is what brings us here. Any failures will let her go, again there can be a different side. "He kept us on both feet.
"It's Jurgen. It was good to see. It didn't change after the good results we had. As players, sometimes you have so much confidence to say, 'We'll be fine. "He always says, 'You can't manage what's happening on the field, but you can prepare us as best you can.'
"Now, when we swallow a little and think that things will work out at 95% or something, he's there to bring us down." One hundred percent – or you have nothing. We have to do it that way, that's what brought us here. That is how we must proceed. "That's one of the reasons we had a good season last year. Everyone is focused, even in training."