Jurgen Klopp has revealed the secret behind Liverpool ’s historic, record-breaking season.
Over the next week, the Reds will complete a full set of 63 matches in pursuit of the ultimate quadruple of Champions League, Premier League, FA Cup and EFL Cup…the first English club to ever achieve that astonishing feat. And Klopp explained that it is the responsibility his entire squad feels to deliver on their huge talent which has inspired them towards a feat never achieved before in the entire history of the game, arguing that it would be a tragedy to waste such incredible gifts.
That, he said, has transformed them from a good team, into a great one, which can rewrite the Anfield record books: “We really feel the responsibility that comes with the talent we have. We expect so much from ourselves because we see our quality. We have to deliver and we’re good, we know that.
“It doesn’t mean that you win football matches, it just means if you’re good then you have to be better…and it’s a special group. I don’t say it is the only special group in world football, but for us it is a really special group and we know that. That is what we try to use and use and utilise to make the best of it.”
Whether Liverpool win the title on Sunday or not, they will still have broken new ground, created history. And that is why Klopp wants his side to savour what they are achieving, not fixate on the outcome. Three years ago, they were in this position, just a point behind City, going into the final round of matches. They didn’t make it, but they did themselves proud, and he wants his team to feel that again.
“I don’t remember 100% how I felt before the last game of the season and after that game,” he said of the 2019 run-in, “but I was fine with the situation. I remember walking on the lap of honour next to Trent and we were just talking a bit. We both had a smile on our faces because it was a great season. And whatever happens on Sunday, I will not forget that it has been an absolutely fantastic season.
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“So enjoy the journey is what I always say because you never know what the outcome is, so you better enjoy it now because that is what we did.”
They did it, he said, because experience allowed them to match their talent with consistency. And it shows. Incredibly, Liverpool have lost just three games in their 63 matches, and just ONE in all competitions since the turn of the year, dropping only six points in the league during that run.
It is truly astonishing. And he added: “Years ago when we were a bit up and down and we saw glimpses of where we could go, we realised it was all fine but we needed consistency.
“For a few years now the boys are relatively consistent and that is the only way in this league, especially with Manchester City around because they are really consistent as well.
“It’s the only chance to get close and the only chance to win something is to get close before it. That is what we are so we will see. But I know how lucky I am with this group of players we have here.”