‘You have to think, it was exceptional’: Jurgen Klopp urges his Liverpool players to enjoy the moment they raise the Premier League trophy at Anfield on Wednesday
- Jurgen Klopp urged his team to enjoy the moment they take off the Premier League trophy
- It will be a very emotional evening at Anfield, despite the fact that there are no fans
- The Liverpool boss said the team will take a photo of all four trophies they have won
Jurgen Klopp has urged his team to enjoy every moment of a golden period in Liverpool history as he prepares to win the Premier League trophy.
While the circumstances are unlike anything anyone could have imagined, without supporters in the stadium, it will still be a hugely emotional night for Klopp, who says this season’s full accomplishment will only settle around the presentation ceremony.
The Premier League marks the end of a 30-year crusade to regain the top England squad, but the past 15 months have been unprecedented for Liverpool as they started winning the Champions League and then the European Super Cup and Club World Cup added.
Jurgen Klopp has urged Liverpool to enjoy the moment they win the Premier League trophy
The Reds dashed to their first-ever Premier League title and will raise the trophy on Wednesday
Liverpool may look like a team that can continue to win trophies for years to come, but nothing can be taken for granted and that’s why Klopp has urged his group to understand what they have achieved – and want to take a club photo with everyone four trophies.
“When I talked about the past 13 or 14 months, it was certainly the most exceptional and successful year of my career,” said Klopp. ‘As a champion of Europe, England and the world, it doesn’t happen too often.
“So I think it makes sense for us to take a picture with all four trophies, because I don’t think there are many pictures where a club has all four of these trophies. We do that 100 percent and rightly so.
“It’s not that I had to tell them – but I mentioned it. This is absolutely special. This is the time to talk about things after a season, but this is the time to really cherish. You have to appreciate and reflect it, 100 percent, it was exceptional.
The Liverpool boss praised the club’s successful purple seasons and praised the ‘hard work’
“The last 13 or 14 months of this team, it didn’t start back then, it started earlier, but we’ve all won it since then, so that makes it really special. But everything in the one and a half to two years before that was really exceptional. We just didn’t get the reward.
It shows, if you are good and work hard, what we have clearly done and you have done everything possible, there is an opportunity. It doesn’t mean you can get it like we saw the year before, but there is an opportunity. We were ready to work for this opportunity and eventually the boys got it done. ‘
There will be some symmetry with Liverpool’s last title win in 1990 tonight, as Jordan Henderson will replicate Alan Hansen on lifting the award after missing the ceremonial game due to an injury. Liverpool won that game against Derby 1-0 and Klopp would settle for the same score.
Klopp was serene when he thought about how this clash with Chelsea will go and says there is no comparison to how he felt before Liverpool faced Tottenham in Madrid last June because he had to win to lift the Champions League .
Klopp said he has had ‘good moments’ since leading the Merseyside club into the first Premier League
“I’ve had a few good moments since we won the Premier League because I’m thoughtful and happy about how big a prize is, but the difference couldn’t be bigger,” said Klopp. “Before the Champions League final, I was under great pressure that it was really important.
“I always thought it would be much more fun to win early in a Premier League than go to a Champions League where everything goes to an all-or-nothing point. It’s incredible to win seven games before a season ends
“It’s 100 percent the moment we get the trophy. That’s what it’s all about. It is one of the great stories in football history. If someone has had the chance to become champion in any country this year, which team would you like to be special with, make your choice?
“The choice would have been Liverpool FC because it was the one everyone wanted to be a part of, and we’re lucky to be part of that. I really appreciate that. It’s a very big one. It is not that other championships will ever be forgotten, but none will be forgotten. ‘