At his pre-Newcastle v Liverpool press conference, Steve McClaren tended to repeat himself a lot and talk round in circles.
As well as mentioning repeatedly how performances had dived AFTER Bournemouth, the Head Coach kept returning to certain themes.
A word he managed to use in his press conference at least 30 (THIRTY) times was ‘confidence’, or rather the lack of it in most cases.
The Newcastle boss arguing that a lot of the problems stemmed from the missing confidence, rather than any lack of desire or motivation.
This was a little of what he had to say, including just the four uses of confidence:
“I was talking to one of the players and we said, ‘well, four or five games we’ve won in one year’ – that doesn’t bode very much belief and confidence.
“We are asking everybody to be patient and I know we are testing that, but this is our club. This is a big club, huge club, and when it turns around, and we play well – get confidence, it’s a good team.”
“When you are lacking in confidence, lacking in belief, not getting results…We have to transfer the confidence and belief from training onto matchday.”
On Friday it was Jurgen Klopp’s turn to face the media and coincidentally he was also big on confidence, both in terms of mentioning it AND possessing it at this moment in time.
However, the Liverpool boss pointed to just how fragile it can be, confidence. Jurgen Klopp comparing to a ‘small flower’ that can be ‘kicked in the game’.
Klopp, understandably considering the respective form, says that he expects Liverpool to win on Sunday.
Over in the black and white camp, no doubt Steve McClaren would happily settle for a battling draw and a major injection of…confidence.
“We expect to win the game, we always do, but that doesn’t mean that we don’t have respect for Newcastle.
“I have never had a problem with too much confidence but confidence is like a small flower…if you have it, somebody can kick it in the game and then you don’t have it. And if you don’t have it, you can get it back easily.
“So we have to concentrate from the first second – if you travel to Newcastle you have to get as many points as you can, we have to be prepared.
“To be prepared for a game, you have to know as much as possible about the situation – everything is motivation.”