Saturday 23 March 2019

'God will judge me one day' - Jurgen Klopp puts his trophy hunt at Liverpool into poetic perspective

Jurgen Klopp insists his side has not felt the pressure of playing catch-up in the title race (Richard Sellers/PA)
Jurgen Klopp insists his side has not felt the pressure of playing catch-up in the title race (Richard Sellers/PA)
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has insisted he is not chasing a place in the game's history books as he looks to end the club's 29-year wait for a Premier League title triumph.

Speaking ahead of Sunday's trip to Fulham, Klopp stressed personal glory has never been his motivation, as he stated his desire to bring his first trophy to Liverpool has nothing to do with personal ambition.

"You can't imagine how uninterested in this I am myself," said Klopp, when asked whether he was keen to secure a place in Liverpool's folklore as a Premier League to Champions League winning manager.

"I've never thought about myself like that. In the two years when I won the title with Borussia Dortmund, they said I was a champions coach, but I don't need that. My job is to do everything I can to help the team to be as successful as possible. I'm not searching for people to remember in 50 years. For me, that is not important.

"I have a fantastic team out there and that's all I need to be a happy person. I respect the desire of the people and players and I can be part of this dream, but it is not for me at the end it's for the people.

"God will judge me one day. That is the only thing I am interested in. What other people say about me, I couldn't be less interested.

"It's normal that we want to prove things, but we don't wake up in the morning and think we lost in these finals. It's not important, but we try to use it in a positive way. You want to prove things, it's natural you want to make things better.

"The things we did last year helped us this year. The last five Champions League games we lost is because we didn't defend like we wanted to, but we learn from that. If there is a final at the end of this season then good, but we think about that at the end, not now."

Klopp suggested his side's 3-1 away win at Bayern Munich last Wednesday as the 'most mature' performance his Liverpool team have produced in his time at the club, as he shifted his attention to Sunday's Premier League game at Craven Cottage.

"Now we are completely concentrated on Fulham, we stay in the same confident but greedy mood and being aggressive and direct and doing everything you need to do in a football game," he added.

"We haven't changed our mood because of the Bayern game. We are just focused on the season. The players were happy afterward but we will just stay focused.

"We weren't surprised we did it at Bayern or how we did it but I am happy we proved it and now the boys are confident and they know what they can do."

Liverpool will return to the top of the Premier League if they win on Sunday as Manchester City are in FA Cup action this weekend, with Klopp hinting the key game in the title race may now be the Manchester derby at Old Trafford next month.

"City's game in hand is against United and that's not easy but we need to think about winning our games only," he added. "When City have a game in hand, being top is not important, so until the end of the season, let's play football."

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