Jurgen Klopp swears that EVERY member of the Liverpool title-winning squad – including the Kop kids – will receive a medal … even if it means giving his own way!
- Jurgen Klopp was perplexed by the system that prevents stars from earning one
- Players are only guaranteed to receive a medal once they have played five times
- And Klopp is willing to give his own way to ensure that even the young ones get one
- Liverpool completed their first Premier League title with seven games to spare
Jurgen Klopp has vowed that every member of Liverpool’s squad will receive the medal of a Premier League winner – even if it means giving away their own.
The manager is perplexed by the system, which means that a player does not get a medal until he has played five times.
“I don’t know who came up with that,” said Klopp, whose side was against Aston Villa on Sunday. “Even if you’ve played one game, you should have a medal.
Jurgen Klopp has vowed that every member of the Liverpool title-winning squad will receive a medal
“If people don’t understand the importance of a team to win a championship, I honestly can’t help them.
“If you are the second goalkeeper and have played fewer games, you have to get a medal. You train five million times a year and if you don’t train at the highest level, you have no chance of winning a championship.
“Has anyone decided to play five games for a medal?”
Title winning squads will receive 40 medals for players and staff who meet the criteria
Each title-winning team will receive 40 medals, the majority going to players who meet the criteria, plus the management team and coaching staff, while the rest will be distributed as the club deems necessary.
Youngsters Neco Williams, Curtis Jones and Harvey Elliott have all played two games and Klopp is determined to see them – along with others like reserve goalkeepers Andy Lonergan and Caoimhin Kelleher – be rewarded.
“These guys are getting a medal – 100 percent,” he said. “I could make it myself. They can have my medal, but that’s not really the rule.
“I’d rather (the Premier League) rethink the rules and let it happen.”
But Klopp is determined that young people, such as Neco Williams (photo), will also be rewarded
The boss was confused by the idea that he would rotate his team after winning the competition
It raised the question of whether Klopp would be willing to give cameos to Williams, Jones and Elliott during Liverpool’s last six games, but he was incredulous at the idea that he was going to rotate just because the title was sewn.
“We have to win football games,” said Klopp. “Those kids are great and they have a future, but we don’t give Christmas gifts like candy.
‘It’s about who best fits the formation. No Premier League games are just for fun.
“But they deserve a medal and they get a medal – if not from the Premier League, then from me.”