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Darren Clarke confident Jurgen Klopp talk will fire up Europe's Ryder Cup stars

By Phil Casey

Published 18/05/2016

Motivation: Darren Clarke
Motivation: Darren Clarke

Europe's Ryder Cup captain Darren Clarke wants to pick Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp's brains as he prepares for the biennial showdown against the United States, in Hazeltine, Minnesota, in September.

Following the lead of his predecessor Paul McGinley, who invited former Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson to address his team at Gleneagles two years ago, the Ulsterman plans to chat with German Klopp.

"Jurgen Klopp is definitely one of the guys I want to speak to, especially as a Liverpool fan myself," Clarke said.

"He's an absolute livewire, isn't he? He's a bundle of energy, and that sort of thing can be infectious.

"He's obviously very passionate and a terrific motivator so I want to pick his brains a bit."

The 2011 Open champion is hoping to lead Europe to a fourth consecutive victory and says he also plans to "seek out" Liverpool great Kenny Dalglish as he tries to give his side an edge.

"I'll look into whether he's free that week, and check out the possibility of flying him over with us," he added.

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