Liverpool, like every top-level club, keep the secrets of the training ground as close to themselves as they can.

Supporters get selected video content and training photos to look through, but the exact details of what goes on behind the scenes stay guarded, as they have to for the team's success.

So how exactly does a Jurgen Klopp training session come about, and how do Liverpool's staff and players prepare for matches?

The ECHO got the lowdown on what goes on behind the scenes from former Liverpool goalkeeper, Dan Atherton, who departed the club last summer having spent around six years training with the first team on and off.

"What you find is that with Jurgen, he drives [the session]," Atherton told the ECHO in an exclusive Blood Red podcast interview.

"Klopp is heavily involved in the preparation but you have to understand the role of the manager.

"You have head coaches and assistants - they take the session - and the manager walks around and sees what is going on.

"He will step in and pick little bits up and adjust things and step in but most of the preparation is done before you get on the grass.

"Then Klopp just steps in and puts his mastermind to work and gets the lads playing how they have been playing for the last few years."

Klopp has taken Liverpool to two Champions League finals, winning one, and the Premier League title, and Atherton was present in first-team training for the lot.

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He was also there on the summer pre-season tour to Indiana (Borussia Dortmund), Boston (Sevilla) and New York (Bruno Fernandes and Sporting Lisbon) in 2019, when the Reds visited the US.

"Klopp is the driving force behind the sessions and my main memory of Klopp in person was in the first game when we went to America," Atherton explained.

"I played against Tranmere and Bradford and we prepared for these games beforehand, but it was not really like meetings and analysing.

"The first game in America, we had a meeting before the game and it was like 'our season starts now'.

"I couldn't tell you anything that happened in the meeting, but I remember watching Klopp and the feeling you get inside when he is talking to you...

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"I knew I wasn't playing but I was so up for this game and I can't explain it. It was such a weird sensation... it was a pre-season friendly in a college stadium!

"It wasn't often that the standard of the session would drop, but if it dropped a bit, then it would get straight back up and he would drive it."

Klopp is not the only one in the coaching staff who is highly thought of, either.

Pep Lijnders has been suggested by some as a possible candidate to take over from the German one day and is one of the best young coaches in the world.

And then there are countless others, like Vitor Matos and goalkeeping duo John Achterberg and Jack Robinson, each with specific roles to play.

"Pep [Lijnders] was my coach with the U16s and we were the first group he took at Liverpool," Atherton said.

"He did that good of a job that he jumped straight to the first team, so he has always been a good link.

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"Along with John [Achterberg] and Jack [Robinson], the goalkeeping coaches, they create such a good environment up there and they all gel together.

"It just works really well and everything clicks."

Atherton is in no doubt, having experienced the training sessions first-hand, that the work Klopp is doing is working wonders.

And while there will be no more silverware added to the cabinet this season, the evidence is there that can be put right next season, not least with players like Virgil van Dijk and Jordan Henderson back.

"You can't knock what Klopp has done for the club," Atherton said.

"He has brought back trophies and winning ways, and you see that at Anfield with the fans and the atmosphere being taken to the next level.

"Every Liverpool fan should be forever grateful for what he has done for the club."