Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has been hailed by BBC presenter Ben Fogle for delivering a team talk that changed the TV star's entire perception of the sport.
Fogle linked up with Klopp and his Reds team on their pre-season training camp in Evian.
Klopp was keen for Fogle to help aid the mental resilience of his squad by inviting him along to France.
It's been revealed that the Anfield chief randomly reached out to Fogle to tap into his experiences from rowing across the Atlantic and climbing Mount Everest.
But Fogle revealed that, despite being drafted in to inspire the Liverpool team, he himself was left awestruck from the experience.
“I went out to their summer camp in Evian for a couple of days and it was amazing," Fogle told BBC’s The One Show on Monday night.
“I confessed to Jurgen at the beginning, I know nothing about football, I’m hopeless at football, I don’t even particularly enjoy football but do you know what? It changed my whole perspective on footballers and football.”
“The skill, the art, the dedication, the teamwork that went into it.
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“What I tried to do was bring some of my own experiences of the bigger expeditions I’ve done – climbing Everest or rowing across the Atlantic – and contextualise them in this sort of multi-mountain climb that footballers have throughout the season. Thirty-odd games, you win one but then you’re back on to the hamster wheel.”
Fogle's glowing reference for Klopp and the trip was reciprocated by the German, who spoke about Fogle's influence before last Sunday's title showdown with Manchester City.
"I absolutely loved it! His expeditions are insane!" the Reds boss told Sky Sports.
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"We're not saying we have the same challenges or that we're in life-threatening circumstances; the challenges are different of course but in many, many moments, we have to have the same mindset. We have to break through something, break down something, and when you might be thinking, 'No chance!', you have to be stubborn, resilient… all these qualities.
"What gives Ben the confidence to get through it is the preparation, the people he's working with. Without them, he said he'd have no chance of rowing the Atlantic. He told me he could make me row the Atlantic! I said, 'You don't know me, really, no chance!'
"But you get really get a sense for what is possible out there, what crazy things happen on this planet because of an idea.
"Our idea was to be a really successful team and we are on our way. Nobody needed us or wanted us to be successful apart from our fans but we thought let's give it a try. That's how Ben thinks. He probably will not stop and we will not stop."
It appears the pre-season link-up was mutually beneficial with Liverpool making a storming start to the new Premier League campaign.
Klopp's side are currently perched pretty in second place – just a point behind leaders Chelsea after seven games.
And that never-say-die attitude has been on full display in recent games, as the Anfield outfit have had to battle their way to a share of the spoils in thrilling games against Brentford and Manchester City.
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