Friday 20 September 2019

Jurgen Klopp says he will quit Liverpool if he feels league title is out of reach

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp

Chris Bascombe

Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp says he would resign if he did not think he could win the Premier League.

Klopp’s side head into today’s meeting with Manchester United already seven points behind in the race to be English champions.

The German, who marked two years at the Anfield helm last week, is well aware that the title has not been celebrated at Anfield for 27 years but he is optimistic.

“In the moment when I think we cannot be successful, there is only consolation – I go,” said Klopp.

“Why should I be here as some kind of caretaker until the world creates a manager who can be more successful? That makes no sense. I don’t think I am the perfect manager – I only think I am the perfect fit for this club. And I feel already much more responsible than maybe I should.

“I don’t even think about going from my side and saying, ‘That’s it’. I really think we are on the right way.”

The Manchester clubs, United and City, demonstrated their buying power again in the summer, but Liverpool also spent £148m on new signings which Klopp feels was substantial, even though his rivals have a financial advantage.

“Doing things like this (spending money) makes it more likely,” he said. “Yes, we need to be a little bit luckier, but to do that you have to carry on working.

If you have a good situation in your private life, enjoy it. If your neighbour has a better situation, does that mean you can’t enjoy your own situation?

“He’s got one more car, he gets to go on one extra holiday... it’s about us becoming happy, not about others.

“Can we dominate them for the next 20 years without spending the same amount? Probably not, but can we still be there? Yes of course. And we want to force this.

“We want to be consistent, constant at our high level and improve it. And  when we lose a player in the future we want to bring in other players. That’s the benefit of a long-term project. I know the owners are not in doubt about me, about us, about anything.”

Klopp insisted that  he is “not interested” in what Barcelona have to say regarding their interest in Philippe Coutinho.

Barcelona’s chief executive Oscar Grau revealed on Wednesday that the Catalan club is ready to make an improved offer for the Brazilian when the transfer window re-opens in January.

“There is another transfer window in January – we cannot change this,”  said Klopp. “I have nothing to say about it. It is an open window and maybe a few players will change in the future. I have no clue. At this moment I am really not interested.

“I read a lot about Barcelona in the last few days but it was about the referendum. Nothing about football.”  (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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