Soccer fans know how difficult it is to get the faces within a soccer team – especially if it is a world-class club with only world-famous players – to pull in one direction. Some thirty players, all big earners in the case of such a top team, want only one thing: one of 11 spots on the field. So, much revolves around keeping the players motivated, and that is exactly what none other than Jan Frodeno played a role in recently at top English team Liverpool FC.
While Frodeno was preparing for his last professional race – the IM World Champs in Nice – he also traveled to the Black Forest, where at the time Jürgen Klopp’s team was enjoying a training camp and working on the so-called “Liverpool Reloaded” project. That project involved reshaping the squad, which had just recently been enriched with a variety of new players. During the training camp, Frodeno gave a speech in front of the players and staff.
Frodeno was invited to tell the soccer players about his career full of victories and the dedication required to be able to act at the highest level for so long. Among other things, he talked about pushing your body, pushing the limits and the resistance you have to be able to offer to your own body when fatigue sets in.
This is not the first time Klopp has put top athletes from a completely different sport in front of his squad. In the year Liverpool FC won the Premier League (2019-2020), for example, he invited surfer Sebastian Steudtner.