Thomas Bjorn takes leaf out of Jurgen Klopp's book after Liverpool manager's EurAsia Cup message

Thomas Bjorn is a long-time Liverpool admirer Credit: Getty images

If any of the Europe team were querying the importance of the EurAsia Cup then the good luck dispatch sent by Jurgen Klopp surely fixed their doubts about this Ryder Cup dress rehearsal.

The Liverpool manager’s video message was played to Thomas Bjorn’s men in their team room here on Tuesday night at the Glenmarie Country Club as they prepared for the match against Asia, which starts on Friday.

Inevitably, it finished with Klopp telling them “you’ll never walk alone” (which is true, until they play in the singles on Sunday after the fourballs and foursomes sessions of the opening two days).

For Bjorn it was just the boost he needs as he starts a captaincy year that will peak in September in Paris with the biennial dust-up against America. The Dane is a long-time Reds admirer and intends to tap into the German’s wisdom in the forthcoming months in his attempt to win back the cup for his continent.

“It was very kind of Jurgen to send that message - it meant a lot,” Bjorn said. “I’ve yet to meet him but it would great to have the chance to sit and talk. Watching those Liverpool players play for him, they look they are having such an enjoyable time and that says a lot about him. I remember thinking the same when he was at [Borussia] Dortmund. It would be interesting to see how he looks at things.”

Klopp had a helpful message for Europe's players Credit: Getty images

Klopp would certainly not dismiss this as a pre-season friendly. Bjorn readily concedes that he will be taking notes on how his players perform “and interact in the team environment” with Le Golf National in mind, but he also is aware of the fall-out should they lose, particularly with the young US side looking so imposing.

Darren Clarke’s team romped to a 181/2-51/2 triumph here two years ago and with six of the world top 20 in his ranks, Bjorn goes in even more impressively loaded.  It would be no surprise to see at least six of this dozen lining up against the likes of Jordan Spieth and Co in the autumn, with five of the automatic top eight in the standings in attendance.

Along with 2016 Open champion Henrik Stenson, Bjorn boasts European Tour order of merit winner Tommy Fleetwood, as well as fellow young English hotshots in Tyrrell Hatton and Matt Fitzpatrick. However, the most interesting participant must be Paul Casey, who, after making himself eligible again to play for the Ryder Cup by rejoining the Tour in November, is in his first blue and gold teamroom for a decade.

“Having Paul with us has been brilliant,” Bjorn said. “I’ve asked him to fulfill a dual role as a senior player and he has really taken to it. The message to the guys has been don’t underestimate the opposition. Asia have what is probably their strongest team ever in this event and we have to be focused. I am sure they will be, though. When I took this role, I was amazed how willing so many of the players were to appear here. They love playing for Europe and love this format.”

Fitzpatrick concurred and appropriately kept the discussion on a football theme. “I think golf does need more team events,” he said. “See the Ryder Cup - and obviously the US guys have the Presidents Cup - and hear the atmosphere there. For the crowd and the players, it means a little bit more to get a point.  It's as close as we get to playing football. Most of us like football, a lot more than golf to be honest, and I think having something different rather than just the same old four rounds of strokeplay would make it more exciting. I really think it would help grow the game.”