Du Plessis drawing inspiration from 'real leader' Klopp

Jurgen Klopp's leadership qualities were immediately apparent to South Africa's Faf du Plessis following a surprise meeting.

Published : Dec 24, 2019 22:25 IST

Faf du Plessis has a new source of inspiration - Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp
Faf du Plessis has a new source of inspiration - Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp

Faf du Plessis has a new source of inspiration - Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp

A chance meeting with Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has left South African captain Faf du Plessis inspired.

Ahead of the Test series with England, Faf was out to dinner with South Africa's Rugby World Cup-winning skipper, Siya Kolisi - himself a Reds fan - when they met Klopp.

Klopp readily recognised Kolisi, with the rugby skipper also having travelled to Anfield recently to watch the Reds play. However, Faf admitted that he was less familiar to the German.

"He said he watches cricket," said Du Plessis, whose side begin the first of four Tests on December 26.

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"The Liverpool guys watched the Cricket World Cup and he knew about how well England did, so that's great.

"For someone to be that famous, he is a great guy, and that's what I believe real leadership is about.

"It's about connecting with people, having great relationships with people, so I became a massive fan.

"I am not a huge football fan, I don't support a lot but I do support him now."

Du Plessis pines for the kind of stability that Klopp enjoys at Anfield but is at least enjoying the benefits of a hastily assembled interim structure following an administrative crisis.

The likes of Graeme Smith, Mark Boucher and Jacques Kallis have been enlisted to steady the ship and Du Plessis is delighted to have them on board.

"Why have these guys not been here for the last 10 years?" he said. 

"If you look around international cricket, other teams have got that. Think of Australia - Justin Langer, Steve Waugh, Ricky Ponting. We need that. We want that.

"There is a vision. The test team is still in an infant stage. The plan is to get back [to number one]. As a Test team we do need to mature."

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