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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.

South
Africa
captain
Faf
du
Plessis
is
drawing inspiration
from
a
chance
meeting
with
Liverpool
manager Jurgen
Klopp
ahead
of
the
Test
series
with
England.

Du
Plessis was
out
to
dinner
with
South
Africa’s
Rugby
World
Cup-winning
skipper Siya
Kolisi

a
Reds
fan

when
they
met
Klopp.

While
Klopp readily
recognised
Kolisi,
Du
Plessis
admitted
he
was
less
familiar
to
the
German,
although the
Champions
League-winning
boss
certainly
made an
impression.

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

“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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