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Name Jurgen Klopp
Gender Male
Ethnic German
Job German Football Coach
Desc One of the very best coaches, working right now, Jurgen Klopp has been so successful due to his knack for taking talents and squeezing something extra out of them that no-one else even knew was there. He ended Bayern’s Bundesliga dominance (for a while anyways), brought Liverpool back to the very top of the European game, and has made every player he’s ever worked with better. A true modern great


Club as Coach Liverpool FC

2012 11 06 Retrieve

[Mesut Ozil saves Real Madrid with late goal against Borussia Dortmund] I’m sure we will still remember this game in 10 years’ time

2012 07 17 Retrieve

[Klopp says If a player causes trouble, they will no longer play for Dortmund] If I have someone causing trouble, I will no longer let them play for the club. The person would clearly not understand what our team stands for, and I would therefore have to separate them from the team. As such, we don’t have players like Marcio Amoroso, who brought his own doctor and physiotherapist, any more. Something like that will not happen again. Whoever threatens the big picture can go

2013 02 17 Retrieve

[The BVB coach has lauded his players after they comfortably overcame Eintracht Frankfurt despite Julian Schieber’s red card, reserving special praise for hat-trick hero Marco Reus] We have had three early red cards in our last four home games. Particularly after a difficult match in Donetsk [a 2-2 Champions League draw], our performance today [Saturday] was outstandingly good. We were dramatically better tactically than against Hamburg [last week’s 4-1 home defeat]. From a week which started s**t, we’ve done really well

[Dortmund, already without Robert Lewandowski, who was red carded against Hamburg, will now have a another striker suspended after Schieber’s two yellows, the second for an alleged elbow when challenging for the ball] I’m just sorry for Julian. He wanted to help the team. Aerial battles are always difficult for strikers, and for the referee. No one wants to hurt the opponent in such situations. Overall it was a great performance against a really good opponent. All three of Reus’ goals were outstanding. He has real class

2013 12 30 Retrieve

[Jurgen Klopp on Arsene Wenger] He is really something. I love him. He is Sir Arsene Wenger. He is hello (makes a handshake gesture). But he likes having the ball, playing football, passes… it’s like an orchestra. But it is a silent song. I like heavy metal more. I always want it loud. I love Arsenal’s style, but I cannot coach it because I am a different guy. If you watch me during the game I celebrate when we press the ball and it goes out. To enjoy football you have to do this. If, over the last four years, Barcelona were the first team I saw playing when I was four years of age - this serenity of football, they win 5-0, 6-0 - I would have played tennis. It is not my sport. I don’t like winning with 80 per cent of possession. Sorry, that is not enough for me. Fighting football, not serenity football, that is what I like. What we call in German ‘English’ football - rainy day, heavy pitch, 5-5, everybody is dirty in the face and goes home and cannot play for weeks after

2013 12 31 Retrieve

[The always emotional Klopp wells up while discussing the plight of former Borussia Dortmund star Shinji Kagawa at Old Trafford] Shinji Kagawa is one of the best players in the world and he now plays 20 minutes at Manchester United - on the left wing! My heart breaks. Really, I have tears in my eyes

2013 12 31b Retrieve

[Dortmund’s Klopp argues that the Bavarians would seek out the help of their then incoming coach ahead of their Champions League semifinal clash with the Blaugrana] I bet my arse Bayern will ask Pep for help against Barca

2013 12 31c Retrieve

[Dortmund boss Jurgen Klopp implies that Bayern is the villain of German football] We are not a supermarket but they want our players because they know we cannot pay them the same money. If that’s what Bayern wants … It’s like James Bond – except they are the other guy

2014 03 01 Retrieve

[Jurgen Klopp on becoming a national coach] It’s basically a very attractive proposition. I’m very happy living in Germany, I think it’s a fantastic country and the people are pretty cool. If they were enthusiastic about me taking on the national team at some point I’d obviously think it over

2014 09 11 Retrieve

[Borussia Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp said of the Italy striker Immobile] He’s a real goalscorer. He scored a nice goal [against Netherlands last Thursday] and that will be good for him. But our only problem is the pace in which developments obviously have to happen in football. You always get asked about a new player in a new club after a really short time of being able to train together, that’s our only problem. Everything else is fine. I hope that in three years we’ll look back and no one remembers the first five or six games. He needs time to integrate in this team; we need time to develop our team play. Now we could have had the time for it, but now Marco Reus is injured. Of course we’ve got Shinji Kagawa as well but he hasn’t played with the team yet. Everything is far from perfect but we’ve got to stabilise our game while we collect results. Most likely we have to do that with a new player in the starting line-up who will have to reclaim his self-assurance as well. That will be hard. When Ciro came back he seemed very relaxed, I think he was very glad his injury wasn’t as bad as feared. The bruise hurts a lot at the beginning but it heals quite fast

2015 01 10 Retrieve

[Jurgen Klopp on Football] We are standing here like complete idiots. The best news today is that football is over for 2014

2015 01 31 Retrieve

[Jurgen Klopp reflects on a winter break mulling over Borussia Dortmund’s poor performances so far in the German Bundesliga] To finish the first half of the season in 17th place felt like going on holiday on a bed of nails

2015 02 06 Retrieve

[Jurgen Klopp is the man who put Dortmund in this mess and so he will be the one charged with leading them out of it] There is no chance I will resign. I am convinced of our mission in the second half of the season. We need to build on the good […] If we want to shoot and if the shot looks like a cross then we have obviously done something wrong

2015 04 11 Retrieve

[Jurgen Klopp on the German DFB-Pokal semi-final draw] I didn’t even watch the draw – I just knew we’d get Bayern. I watched Law & Order *instead on the peculiarities of the American legal system!

2015 10 11 Retrieve

[Jurgen Klopp at his opening press conference as Liverpool manager] At the moment, the LFC family is too nervous, too pessimistic, too much in doubt. They all celebrate the game but they don’t believe in this moment. History is great but it’s only to remember

2015 10 17 Retrieve

[Jurgen Klopp on his social life in Liverpool] Yesterday I was at dinner with my two assistants and someone asked for a photo. I had to say no. Every photo ends up on Twitter. Twitter is [used] more than in Germany. It looks like I’m always in restaurants and bars!

2015 11 28 Retrieve

[Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp on football] Honestly, for me, football is deadly serious for 90 minutes and that’s it. The whole circus that’s built up around it, the protagonists who are made out to be this, that, or the other – it’s all crazy, obviously, and happily I’m smart enough to be able see that for what it is. So I tend to prefer a more humorous approach to the subject

2015 12 30 Retrieve

[on Sir Alex Ferguson] Maybe he is the greatest ever - the John Lennon of football. From my side there is a big amount of respect. What he did is not easy for another manager to do

2016 01 30 Retrieve

[Manager Jurgen Klopp was unable to watch his Liverpool side’s shootout victory against Stoke City in the English League Cup semi-final] I didn’t see one shot. I was behind the wall of my players so I had to watch it from there. I will watch it on television at home but it was good watching the crowd instead… Wembley is a cool place to play football but we go there to win - it’s not much fun to lose

2016 02 06 Retrieve

[Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp on Daniel Sturridge] The Daniel story? There is no story. How can it be a story? You cannot create stories and ask me about it if you are just suggesting something. That is not too cool. It’s absolutely not frustrating, it’s not interesting

2016 03 05 Retrieve

[Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp on Liverpool’s 3-0 victory over Manchester City, coming only three days after losing to Manuel Pellegrini’s side in the English League Cup final on penalties] The best word I can say to describe this is: ‘Boom!’

2016 05 14 Retrieve

[Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp reflects on his first season at Anfield following his side’s 1-1 draw against Chelsea] One-hundred per cent. It was quite easy [to feel at home here]. Nice place, nice place…world class people around. We settled in really well

2016 08 05 Retrieve

[Jurgen Klopp reveals why he thinks the English Premier League is the most competitive in Europe] I think all these managers are here because competition makes it really interesting. If you are three times in a row Spanish champions, three times in a row Bundesliga champions, then you think ok, let’s try something else. If you are looking for the biggest challenge, then you need to go to England. That’s the difference 100 per cent. It’s not like they wanted an easier job. They wanted this. Winning the title in England is the biggest challenge of them all

2016 08 20 Retrieve

[Jurgen Klopp in an interview] I recently met a famous brain surgeon in New York and in his brain, when it comes to intelligence, there are definitely 80 per cent more light bulbs alight than in mine. But what happens? He started to stutter because he is crazy about football and this person from LFC was suddenly standing in front of him

2016 08 27 Retrieve

[Jurgen Klopp explains to Gary Lineker about the map of England in his office]</b> I know nearly all the clubs, but I had no idea where they are. So if you would’ve told me Norwich was over there, I would’ve believed. Now I know. Nottingham I know because of Robin Hood

2016 09 10 Retrieve

[Premier League champions Leicester are the first visitors to the new-look Anfield, the stadium capacity now at 54,074] We had our first three games all away, it’s been so long since we played here, coming back tomorrow and starting the season after the international break, it’s a good chance that we have. It’s about our performance on the pitch, we don’t expect the fans to come here and celebrate themselves, we want to inspire our supporters with our play. It’s against the current champions so we need to be good. Let’s try it, let’s take the first step in our future together. We have to use the quality of the players, the power of the club and the power of our supporters and then it can work. If we do this every week, it will work

[The German is concerned only by Liverpool’s opportunities and not how much Manchester United, Chelsea or Manchester City have spent, nor how much more matchday revenue the Emirates generates for Arsenal] If always the people with the best circumstances would win, this world would be an ugly place. We all have the chance to fight for everything. It’s not about having a guarantee, it’s about having the opportunity. If anyone comes in here and thinks that this stadium doesn’t give us a chance to fight, then they’re dead - no emotions or whatever.

They can’t feel this place. You should compare when it helps, but if it doesn’t, then why even think about it? We are the only people that can change our circumstances, nobody else will do it for you. You can say ‘but they have this, they have that’ - it is useless, come on! We will work with what we have. We have to do more from our side. We want to go to the best teams in the world and give them hell in the moment we face them - in Manchester, in London, wherever I don’t care. This is football. And if there is one part of life where you can challenge the best in the world, then it’s football

2016 09 17 Retrieve

[Jurgen Klopp on player and neighbour Adam Lallana when speaking at a press conference]</b> Yes [we are neighbours]. He’s a nice guy, even as a neighbour. I have other neighbours, but they’re not good footballers! He’s a very smart guy and has really settled in at Liverpool. After his start, now he has 100 per cent settled in. A nice guy. I knew him from Southampton and I was looking forward to working him. He is good, he can play different positions and he’s mentally strong. A smart player. He’s very important to the team both as a player and a person

2016 10 15 Retrieve

[Jurgen Klopp talks about Wayne Rooney] Rooney is a goalscorer and a threat. A situation like this can happen in a long career. From my side he’s a world class player. I am manager as Liverpool FC so I know it is not allowed to like United players!

2016 10 29 Retrieve

[Jurgen Klopp, who was praised by former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson recently, jokingly acknowledges he is not supposed to praise him back due to the two clubs’ rivalry] Is it allowed for me to say I like Alex Ferguson? I met him before I was Liverpool manager. It’s nice for him to say something positive. He did what he had to do at Manchester United, which automatically isn’t good for Liverpool. But it’s better he says something positive than negative about Liverpool. But I’m sure he didn’t go out of his house and think, ‘I’ll say some things about Liverpool’, he was asked a question!

2016 11 19 Retrieve

[Jurgen Kloppre calls a tale of where a party saw him end up being reported on negatively in the German press] We had a Christmas break and friends of ours wanted to have a party in the city. Nobody saw me because I had a mask. I didn’t feel too good, but I needed a little bit of help and I went out. Then at the end there was one point when you are a little bit drunk, so I lifted the mask and then the next thing there is a picture. The mask? It was Santa Claus!

2016 12 17 Retrieve

[Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp speaks ahead of the Merseyside Derby on Monday] I watched the film Creed to experience Goodison! I was with the staff at the Christmas party, when I came home there was nothing to do, and I decided to watch a film, and it was Creed, but I didn’t know it was filmed at Goodison Park – a complete coincidence. Rocky is a wonderful story though. When I was much younger I tried to use the story of Rocky IV - Ivan Drago and Rocky and that stuff - in a team meeting. And after five minutes I realised nobody knew what I was talking about

2017 01 28 Retrieve

[Jurgen Klopp speaks about Steven Gerrard’s new role as academy coach] Everything I can do to help him on his way to be the best manager he can be, I am ready for this and I’d like to do it. Now he is at the academy it is good for us and for him it is perfect. Being a manager is a job you have to learn and when a person like Steven Gerrard and the player he was is ready to make the steps, that is wonderful news for football. Combining his playing experience with all the things he will learn from now on will be a bright future. It is brilliant

2017 03 04 Retrieve

[Jurgen Klopp speaks at a news conference ahead of Arsenal’s trip to Anfield] I’m not a clown, I’m not always laughing like crazy. I’m a normal person. My job is to make the players feel there’s a big chance to win it. I was a real mentality player, my strength was pushing team-mates. You try everything in the game - have influence from the sideline

2017 07 21 Retrieve

[RB Leipzig owner Dietrich Mateschitz said recently Keita would see out his contract, which runs until 2020] Mr Mateschitz? What did he say? Lucky man, huh? They don’t have to sell players. When I was at [Borussia] Dortmund we always had to sell players. Meanwhile, they don’t have to sell players any more so, obviously, I’m always a little bit too late. What can I say? There’s nothing to say about this

[Klopp said there was nothing more the Premier League club could do after questions over their approach] I didn’t even know that I was criticised, that I’m still criticised. Was the club criticised? That’s not nice. We said apologies, done. How can we say anything more about this?

2017 11 24 Retrieve

[Jurgen Klopp talks about Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain] I just like this player because he’s already experienced, but so open to get used to what we do and that’s really nice. He is like dynamite when he comes on. Aggressive in the most positive way. Front foot always. Looking to attack and create. These performances come because of how good his attitude is in training at Melwood. He has the highest quality in everything he does; sometimes I think he is the last to realise this

I am sure he is greedy for more starting selections and of course that opportunity will come. He is very much in the infancy of his Liverpool life, but the ‘world’ in 2017 doesn’t always allow for patience. He is doing everything right in this moment and because of this I know he will be a big success for us

2017 12 30 Retrieve

[Jurgen Klopp comments on Mo Salah’s Performance] Two fantastic goals. They felt so good and felt so fair in this moment and deserved. So I’m really happy about it. Yes, Mo can keep that standard, for sure. He is still a young player, he can improve. It’s not about scoring only, it’s about other situations as well. He’s so important for us. But he knows and I know that he couldn’t score if he didn’t have the fantastic support of all the other boys. We played fantastic passes. Sadio’s idea in the moment before Mo scored the first goal – I don’t think a lot of people in the stadium saw that it would be an opportunity. That was really important

2018 01 20 Retrieve

[Jurgen Klopp reacts after his side’s 4-3 win over Premier League leaders Manchester] Maybe we will find somebody who will talk about the defence and say ‘no clean sheet’ or something like that, but he can blow up my boots

2018 01 27 Retrieve

[Jurgen Klopp talks about his preference of kick-off times in a pre-match press conference ahead of his club’s FA Cup fourth round match against West Bromwich Albion] I like night games. Fans can go out in Liverpool afterwards. It’s a better time to play football than at 12. I’m hungry at 12

2018 02 10 Retrieve

[Jurgen Klopp speaks about not comparing his club with others] You can be a millionaire and your neighbour is a billionaire and you are not happy only because you live in the wrong neighbourhood. Maybe you want to move your house to where there is no billionaire and then you are the king of the road. Please, I cannot be like this

2018 02 17 Retrieve

[Jurgen Klopp talks about his coaching philosophy] To create a situation where everybody feels important, enjoys themselves, knows their jobs, feels respected and feels needed – that’s how life should be

2018 03 17 Retrieve

[Jurgen Klopp revealed he does not expect to be in charge of the English Premier League club in 20 years from now] I respect Arsene Wenger and Sir Alex Ferguson a lot for what they did for football, but the game has changed a lot. I think the first 15 years for these guys were like a holiday compared to what they had in the last 15 years of their job. The social media thing, I don’t read it, but it has influence from all sides and things that I don’t understand. I’m 50 and young in all things of life, but I’m too old for this. In 20 years’ time, then I am 70 and I can guarantee that I won’t be here. We shouldn’t draw this dark picture for all Liverpool fans that they have to deal with me for the next 20 years, let’s stay positive

2018 04 07 Retrieve

[Jurgen Klopp speaks about what inspires him] I’m inspired by Robin Hood. In my youth I read thousands of books because I loved the stories, I’m inspired by all of that. Boris Becker wins Wimbledon at the same age as me, it’s possible. Something special is possible. But it would never have been possible as a kid, I loved football but I knew I could never be Lothar Matthaus, no chance, but I loved it still. I wanted to do it as good as I could do it, my target as a manager is to be the best manager I can be, not the best manager of the world, I’ve no clue how that works

2018 05 05 Retrieve

[Jurgen Klopp speaks after his side’s 7-6 aggregate semi-final win over Roma in the UEFA Champions League] They don’t hang silver medals at Melwood. There’s still a job to do. Going to a final is nice, but winning it is even nicer

2018 08 11 Retrieve

[Jurgen Klopp insists his side are underdogs to win the 2018/19 English Premier League title] The champions are Manchester City and they didn’t lose any player and brought in [Riyad] Mahrez so they are not weaker. We saw the [Community Shield] game against Chelsea and both sides were impressive. We are still Rocky Balboa and not Ivan Drago. We are the ones who have to do more and fight more. That must be our attitude

2018 08 25 Retrieve

[Jurgen Klopp speaks about Reds midfielder Naby Keita] Two years ago Naby played a season that I have never seen from a Bundesliga player. Together with Thiago that was the next level. I once spoke to Schalke’s Director of Football Christian Heidel who said Leipzig played with 12 men. Because of Keita

2018 09 01 Retrieve

[Comments on rivals essentially trying to buy success] Do I have to do it differently to that? Actually, I want to do it differently. I would even do it differently if I could spend that money. […] Quality costs a specific price.

2018 09 22 Retrieve

[Jurgen Klopp on Roberto Firmino’s goal celebration in his side’s 3-2 win over Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League] You can bring Bobby Firmino on and that helps a lot. I loved his goal celebration

2018 11 23 Retrieve

[Henderson’s importance to Liverpool remains. A new five-year contract, signed in September, drew groans in some quarters, but for Klopp it was a no-brainer] Jordan is so important to us and we are very fortunate as a club to have this person commit to us as he has. He carries a lot on his shoulders that people on the outside won’t see, but he embraces that responsibility and that leadership. He is our ‘General’ and I trust him completely

2018 12 18 Retrieve

[Jürgen Klopp has been speaking about Mourinho today. It was United’s dire 3-1 defeat at Liverpool that proved the final straw for the club’s hierarchy and Klopp reflected]</b> When I met him, he never changed. He’s a very competitive guy, very ambitious, really competitive. He has all my respect, he’s been unbelievably successful. I can imagine in the last few months especially they were not a joy for anybody, especially not for him. It’s not nice that he had to face these questions every day, that’s a problem. But apart from that, nobody can take away all the things he won

I wish personally that he has that in his mind when he leaves and not a few other things that happened in last few months. He’s an outstanding manager, all the rest I have no idea, you have to ask other people.

2018 12 22 Retrieve

[Jurgen Klopp reacts to goalkeeper Alisson Becker’s late save against Napoli that helped his side progress to the UEFA Champions League knockout stage] The save Allison Becker made, I have no words for that, that was of course a life-saver, I am really proud. There are lot of things he can do. Calm with the ball, helping with our build-up situation, outstanding on crosses. And that save was just incredible

2019 01 03 Retrieve

[Jurgen Klopp has said that Alisson and Ederson could be the two best goalkeepers in the world] Alisson is unbelievably important. (Claudio) Taffarel was the goalkeeper I knew from Brazil, an outstanding goalkeeper, but I do not remember a lot of world-class ones. Now they have two of the world’s best, if not the world’s best. It is incredible.

[Both Alisson and Ederson are known for their skills with the ball at their feat] Coming from Germany, I knew how important Manuel Neuer was with his football playing on top of his goalkeeping skills. You can’t imagine that two can come along with the same skills - and maybe even a bit better. They all have their specific importance, for sure, but Ali is not only the goalkeeper. He is an outfield player as well and that helps of course. What I would say is these two boys do not have to hide

2019 01 07 Retrieve

[The 17-year-old can already count Jurgen Klopp and Steven Gerrard among his fans - and the best is yet to come] He’s pretty good, eh? Curtis is a proper Scouser. I don’t know if I have the right words, but he is not shy to say a few things and probably that’s a surprise for one or two players!

He is a tall boy but still very mobile, good at dribbling and stuff like that. But now we need to make sure he finds the right moment to pass the ball - and dribbling is not for dribbling, it’s to change the situation in a better way and then to pass the ball. But it’s easier to train that than to show somebody how to dribble, which is quite natural. It’s cool. Physical-wise he is good and has talent as well, but there is a long way to go.

2019 02 05 Retrieve

[Klopp hits back at Noble jibe] I like that really. I would wish for all West Ham fans that Mark Noble and his team would scare more teams and not only us. I don’t know him really well, so I don’t know why he speaks about us after a game like that.

They defended well, that’s true. They didn’t scare us. It’s a normal away game. We won away games when we played worse and nobody spoke about it. Last year, we won at Crystal Palace 2-1 with two offensive situations pretty much. We had more [against West Ham].

They have quality – no doubt about that. Why they don’t have more often results? I don’t know. But they had a result, 1-1, but I didn’t see that they scared us

2019 03 02 Retrieve

[Jurgen Klopp when asked about reports that Brendan Rodgers would become Leicester City’s new manager] As long as he is not going to Everton then I’m fine, because if it’s Everton then he might want his house back! [Jurgen Klopp has been living in Brendan Rodgers’s house and welcomes the ex-Liverpool manager’s apparent return to the Premier League with Leicester, since it’s far enough away that his landlord will need to live elsewhere]

2019 03 09 Retrieve

[Alisson’s injury is a setback for Liverpool. Speaking ahead of their league game against AFC Bournemouth, Klopp explain] Next week no, that means Atlético. I don’t want to say no [to the Everton game] but I don’t know if Alisson will be available. We have to judge the situation anew

2019 03 26 Retrieve

[Klopp not interested in resigning Coutinho] The fee I’m told that Barcelona are looking for is not the same as the one they paid Liverpool more than 18 months ago. They would accept around €90m (£78m) for the player, accepting the loss but getting the salary off of the wage bill at the Camp Nou, and I think it will be very interesting to see where Coutinho ends up. I’m pretty certain that Liverpool’s not an option - both financially and I think that Jurgen Klopp believes he has a more balanced side now than he did when he had Coutinho in it

2019 04 12 Retrieve

[Jurgen Klopp on the season so far] We have 82 points and probably a few more by the end. That’s a historical season. In a lot of other seasons it would be enough to be champions

[Jurgen Klopp has been named the Premier League’s manager of the month for March] It’s always a real challenge to speak about this when you’re not a native speaker, because it’s really important. What I will say is that we shouldn’t deal with it like it’s a ‘Chelsea’ case or whatever, it’s an issue we have in this moment everywhere.

There are too many moments where it happens. The only thing I can say is we really have to make sure these people get punished in the right way. They’re football supporters so they should not be allowed to watch in the stadium again.

I was really happy that three of them [the Chelsea fans singing racist songs about Salah in Prague]</b> at least were found immediately, just to make clear the football community sticks together. We had our problems in the past and other clubs will - hopefully not, that would be the best case.

We have to make sure these people are punished, that we say “We can’t solve everything, but we can at least make sure these people don’t watch football in our stadiums

2019 04 13 Retrieve

[Jurgen Klopp on Chelsea playmaker Eden Hazard] Eden Hazard, on his day, can be the world’s best immediately. He’s had a brilliant career and it’s not over yet. He has a lot of things that I like in football. His joy, he’s kind of cheeky as well, he’s strong, he’s quick

2019 04 25 Retrieve

[Klopp spoke about Mohamed Salah being named as one of TIME magazine’s 100 most influential people of 2019] He missed one session. Today [Thursday] he is in training and everything is fine again. I saw a few pictures and he looked brilliant in his tuxedo. Wow. He met a lot of famous people. Mrs. Targaryen, eh? She was there as well. If he’d have asked me maybe I would have joined him! It was very interesting and now he’s back, it’s all fine

2019 04 27 Retrieve

[Jurgen Klopp talks about the Premier League title race with Manchester City] There is always hope until the last whistle of the last game. That never changed. If somebody doesn’t believe any more then I can’t change that now. If you still believe, then welcome to my club

2019 04 30 Retrieve

[Emilia Clarke, who portrays Khaleesi, has kept quiet about her football allegiences. Liverpool fans, however, will be hopeful that her meeting with Mohamed Salah during Time Magazine’s gala for their 100 Most Influential People event could sway her mind as the two were photographed together – with Jurgen Klopp even revealing his envy!] He met a lot of famous people. Mrs Targaryen, eh? She was there as well. If he’d have asked me maybe I would have joined him! It was very interesting and now he’s back, it’s all fine

2019 05 01 Retrieve

[Dutch defender Hoever, who can operate at right-back or centre-half, is among those in contention to make Klopp’s matchday squad, with the youngster held in the highest regard at Anfield] He is one for the future of course, but what we will do with him now I don’t know. He is 16, turns 17 in a few days. If Joel and Joe would have been fit all of the time, then probably Ki-Jana wouldn’t have been in training with the first team, but he was in and is still in. It is just a joy to watch him. He is an incredible, confident young fella and is really a good player on top of that. It’s nice we can see him day in, day out. It’s really cool. He is for sure for the future, but when the future starts I don’t know. But he is in and he learns a lot and improves a lot, it will happen automatically. It’s a nice prospect for the next months and years. Wolves? I don’t know, we will see.

[Hoever is not the only youth team prospect to be catching Klopp’s eye, with the likes of Curtis Jones and Rafa Camacho]</b> Curtis is another good example. He is a fantastic player and came up in February last year and you can see how big the steps are they are making every day. They are fantastic young professionals including in an outstanding group, the best education in the dressing room. They see how you have to behave and how you can show your football, be confident, be childish if you want in the right moments. You don’t have to act like you are a 40-year-old guy

Rafa Camacho is the same. We have these youngsters around, and they have all the time in the world. They are still really young and it’s not about pushing them. If one of these boys plays on Monday, then it’s all my responsibility. Then they only have to show up and play football, and all the other things that don’t work, it’s my fault as I made the wrong decision. It won’t be a problem for the future. They are here in the right place

2019 05 11 Retrieve

[Jurgen Klopp tries to put into words what Liverpool are feeling immediately after their history-making UEFA Champions League performance at Anfield against Barcelona] The whole game was too much. It was overwhelming. I saw James Milner crying on the pitch after the game. It means so much to all of us. It’s the best phase of football. There are more important things in the world. But creating this emotional atmosphere together is so special. It’s all about the players

2019 05 11b Retrieve

[Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp managed in Germany and stated that he is not a fan of the spygate practice either] I can understand [Bielsa] wants to have all the information, we all want it, but we have to accept we don’t get it

2019 05 12 Retrieve

[Jurgen Klopp joked it had been ‘Divock Origi week’ at Liverpool as he hailed the striker for his match-winning performances against Newcastle United and Barcelona] Showing up the way he did, it has been ‘Divock Origi week’. There was the header at Newcastle, that was crazy. And we don’t have to talk about the other night [against Barcelona]. What Trent Alexander-Arnold did [with his quick corner] was one of the most genius moments I will ever see in football as long as I am alive, but that was not an easy ball. It was bouncing and nine times out of 10, the ball would end up in the stand. This one ended up in the net. It shows what confidence can do and how important it was in this moment as Divock didn’t think about it. That is brilliant. When you think about how much he was not playing, maybe you think that I don’t like the player that much or I don’t trust him too much. That is actually not right. Divock was just so unlucky and I’m very happy that he is really back on the landscape again

2019 05 13 Retrieve

[Fined for running onto the pitch against Everton, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp pencils in 2033 for his next incursion] There were 14 years between the first one and the last one. It cannot happen anymore - for the next 14 years

2019 05 14 Retrieve

[Klopp congratulates Schalke on Wagner hire]</b> I can only congratulate Schalke, even if my Dortmund friends do not like to hear that

2019 05 22 Retrieve

[Due to Harry Wilson’s development, Lampard earned plenty of praise from Liverpool boss Klopp] He found a brilliant club and obviously a fantastic manager at Derby. They play really good football. The Manchester United game really was impressive – not only the result, the way they played was really impressive.

How he moves between the lines, how confident he looks with the ball is all cool. He looks really fit. So that’s all good. Thank you to Derby that they obviously do a brilliant job. Next year, he is back

2019 06 22 Retrieve

[Jurgen Klopp claims to have no intention of sanctioning deals of the kind that would be required to lure Koulibaly from Italy to England] Liverpool is an ambitious club and if we don’t spend as much money as the others we won’t be able to compete. Everybody is splashing the cash so we have to do the same

2019 08 10 Retrieve

[Jurgen Klopp tells that he learned English by watching the popular USA TV sitcom Friends] I’m maybe a bit smarter than the Joey role. My talk with girls was never as good as his. How you doin? It wasn’t that easy in my life

2019 08 19 Retrieve

[Jurgen Klopp who said this in 2015] I said to Sturridge after the game ‘now I know what everybody is talking about so thank you’

[And the same Jurgen Klopp who said just last year] Who doubts Daniel Sturridge when he’s fit? I don’t. It is good for us to have him around. I am fine with him, 100 per cent

[And – most tellingly – the same Jurgen Klopp who said as Sturridge exited the club this year] What maybe is missed on the outside of the club by many is what a great leader Daniel is in our dressing room. He is smart, confident and not afraid to speak up when he thinks there is something that needs adapting to help the team. He has been great with many of the younger players also, so he has been so important to our progression here

2019 09 21 Retrieve

[Jurgen Klopp expects big things from Chelsea’s Christian Pulisic, whom he brought to Borussia Dortmund in 2015] He will be a proper player. He’s a talent, dynamic, good with both feet. Super exciting player, good signing

2019 09 28 Retrieve

[Jurgen Klopp talks about Mauricio Pochettino and Pep Guardiola] I respect them a lot. What Mauricio Pochettino did last year was so exceptional. Many times when you don’t win a title, people don’t remember you but he was extremely impressive. He has built his team step by step, keeping the team together. Pep Guardiola … what can I say? He has won so many titles, the way his teams play. He’s so exceptional; hands down, the best manager I’ve coached against. It was an honour to be nominated alongside them

2019 10 14 Retrieve

[After the half time teamtalk of Salzburg boss Jesse Marsch was filmed at Anfield and released onto Youtube, Klopp made his feelings very clear] If LFCTV had put out a video of me in that situation, I would leave the club

2019 10 20 Retrieve

[Liverpool boss talks in his post-match analysis after 1-1 draw at Old Trafford] Man Utd had momentum in the first half because they were purely there to defend us. It’s just a point. Since I’m in England, Man United always played like this. We could do better and we will be better in the future but now we have to take it like it is. Everyone builds it up like a mountain but only one team has to defend and the other team has to make the game. It’s not the feeling that we won something today - it’s just a point

2019 11 16 Retrieve

[Jurgen Klopp realises he could bring the club the only trophy they’re missing] Oh, I didn’t think about that. I’m not someone who has to be the first on the moon or the first winning the World Cup with Liverpool, but when we are there then we will try with all we have

2019 11 28 Retrieve

[Wednesday night’s 1-1 draw with Napoli means that the Reds have now played 22 games in all competitions this season and kept just three clean sheets] Is someone going to ask an interesting question? Well, it was clear that we wanted to finish it tonight. But that’s football; you don’t always get the result you want

[Fabinho left the stadium with his left ankle in a protective boot following an accidental clash with Napoli forward Hirving Lozano] He has pain, so that’s not good. I hope that it is not serious but we will know more, maybe tomorrow [Thursday], maybe the day after

We have had it always. I am here four years, tell me when was it easy?

2019 12 03 Retrieve

[Jürgen Klopp claims Virgil van Dijk deserved Ballon d’Or over Lionel Messi]</b> Things like this are decisions made by journalists. I see it slightly different and a lot of people see it slightly different but that’s absolutely no problem. Lionel Messi, I’ve said probably 500,000 times in my life already, is probably the best player I saw in my lifetime. Very early in my life I saw Franz Beckenbauer and Diego Maradona but I’ve seen Lionel Messi more

I don’t know how the others would have played nowadays – probably exceptional – but Lionel Messi is here now and he has won it six times and Cristiano [Ronaldo] five times but last season I cannot remember a more impressive season from a defender ever. Honestly. So it would have been right if Virg won it

I heard it was pretty close. As a group of players we won the Champions League, played an outstanding season and got 97 points and people see that as well because we cannot do that without performing players so I am really happy for them. It is nice but it is last season, so I think pretty much now all the awards are done and the boys can go for new ones

[Liverpool FC have usually been quiet in January under Klopp but the manager believes that strategy could change because of the early summer deadline in England] For us it is always the same. We don’t speak about it but we are pretty much always ready to do something if it will help us. If not, then not. We will see. I think the summer window is more difficult because of the different moments when it closes in Europe. That makes it really difficult. We will see how that will be in the future. The summer window only hurts the English clubs, it doesn’t help them. We can only buy until a specific moment, other clubs can buy into the season

2019 12 13 Retrieve

[He reiterates why he’s excited to have signed his new contract but keeps his cards close to his chest about Takumi Minamino] There’s nothing else to say about it actually. We speak about it like we do with all transfers, potential transfers, when it’s sorted and not earlier. Very good player, I can say that, but I saw a few very good players in the Salzburg team, to be honest, much more than I wanted - especially in the first half! So that’s it

[Jurgen Klopp on his new deal at Anfield] For me personally this is a statement of intent, one which is built on my knowledge of what we as a partnership have achieved so far and what is still there for us to achieve. When I see the development of the club and the collaborative work that continues to take place, I feel my contribution can only grow. People see what happens on the pitch as a measure of our progress and although it is the best measure, it’s not the only measure. I have seen the commitment from ownership through to every aspect and function of the club you can think of. When the call came in autumn 2015, I felt we were perfect for each other; if anything, now I feel I underestimated that. It is only with a total belief that the collaboration remains totally complementary on both sides that I am able to make this commitment to 2024. If I didn’t I would not be re-signing. This club is in such a good place, I couldn’t contemplate leaving

2019 12 18 Retrieve

[Klopp salutes Liverpool goalkeeper after match-winning display at Club World Cup] All you need is Alisson Becker, Alisson Becker. He was there in the decisive moments. Really hard game and then you can bring on the boys

2019 12 18b Retrieve

[Jordan Henderson, normally a midfielder, stepped into the back line in Van Dijk’s place, partnering Joe Gomez in the centre of Liverpool’s defence. Jordan Henderson, normally a midfielder, stepped into the back line in Van Dijk’s place, partnering Joe Gomez in the centre of Liverpool’s defence] Wonderful goal, great game, super atmosphere. We have no clue about Virgil, we thought he would be fine. We will see. We have brought in a few kids and see what we can do line-up wise. We want to play the final and see what we can do.

2019 12 20 Retrieve

[Klopp says Liverpool want to win Club World Cup] This situation is different for Flamengo and for us. Flamengo got sent here from their continent with a clear order to win it and to come back as heroes. We got told, ‘Stay at home and play the Carabao [League] Cup’. That’s a massive difference.

We cannot change that. But we are here and we - my team - want to win the competition, even when we know it is very difficult because the other team is really, really good, but that’s how it is with the big competitions

[Klopp unsure if Van Dijk will play] We will see. Virgil was part of training today, Gini has had a session today, so we will see how it will look at the end. We have no new injury concerns. It was Wednesday when we played and now it is Friday. We use each hour for recovery so that is what we did. We will see who can line up tomorrow

2019 12 21 Retrieve

[Wijnaldum to miss Club World Cup semi-final] Gini was not as serious as we thought in the first moment, so he’s here doing the first recovery and then we have stuff what is necessary. We’ll see day by day, but for tomorrow night [Wednesday] he’s not involved

2019 12 22 Retrieve

[Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp insists his side are completely focused on winning the FIFA Club World Cup for the first time] We don’t fly 3,000 miles not to show up. We are here now and completely focused. If, however, you asked me if there should be a Club World Cup in the middle of our season, I would say no. I speak constantly about this kind of competition. We are here so, for us, it is the most important competition in the world. But can it be bigger? I don’t know

2019 12 23 Retrieve

[The bizarre situation has come about because the European champions are in Qatar ahead of Wednesday’s Club World Cup semi-final against Mexico’s Monterrey. But a fixture clash means another Liverpool team, made up of youth players, will be facing Aston Villa around 24 hours earlier] It’s good. Tomorrow night we start with watching the other semi-final live in the stadium, I think it should be possible. And then we will leave there a bit earlier and sit here in front of the television and watch that game. It will be absolutely exciting. I’m really delighted for the boys

2019 12 24 Retrieve

[Atletico won’t relish Liverpool tie] It’s an interesting draw, Before the draw I actually thought it would be Madrid – either one of the two clubs – and that’s the way it is. It’s a tough one, but if you go through all of the draws, there are pretty much four or five potential finals already in the last 16. So, really, really good; a good draw. A difficult game like it should be, but how we most of the time think and say, I don’t think Mr Simeone is running through his living room and is happy that he got Liverpool.

2019 12 28 Retrieve

[Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp on their FIFA Club World Cup triumph] We are exhausted from a very intense game but in moments like this, I struggle to find the right words to express my respect for the boys

2019 12 28b Retrieve

[Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp provides Jordan Henderson injury update] He’s just getting better and better as a player, and his defending will only improve as he gets older, as Ashley Cole’s did. Hopefully he will make the international berth his own moving forward.

[After the match, Klopp played down the significance of beating Leicester] It was just a game against a really good football team. It is not about deciding whatever you were thinking about before it’s actually decided. It is already difficult enough to perform in the way you can win against Leicester in their stadium. How good they are, everybody knows, how dangerous they can be, everybody knows, and my boys just played a very good football game

2020 01 04 Retrieve

[Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp on his relationships with new Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti, ahead of the Merseyside derby in the FA Cup third round] We used to be! (laughs) We didn’t see each other a lot, so it is strange that we both feel like this. We’ve met around games and meetings as manager. When he came here I thought ‘If I had a party could I invite the Everton manager?’ I am not on social media but if I took a picture like this [with him] and sent it out, I don’t know how exactly that would look to the outside world! But I would not bring him into this kind of situation. I only want to bring him difficulties on the pitch and we always respect each other. I am not sure where he lives but the house next to me is free and that would be really funny!

2020 01 06 Retrieve

[Klopp talks up derby hero ans says Curtis Jones has Liverpool future unless something strange happens] Everybody asks me about Curtis Jones, but there were so many good individual performances. Let me speak about Curtis. Unbelievable player, Scouser, very confident, can’t wait to play in the first team. Rightly so. He is in a very good way, I’ve known him for three-and-a-half years. He was made big steps, he will be a Liverpool player if nothing strange happens 100%. I’m not surprised he scored that kind of goal. He has still things to learn and improve, but you sometimes forget, and we forget it in training, that he is only 18. Unbelievable. In Germany, because of a different system, he would play 100% another year in the youth team and nowhere else. Here, he is around the first team

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[on Curtis Jones] Unbelievable player. He has made big steps. He will be a Liverpool player if nothing strange happens, 100 per cent.

2020 01 10 Retrieve

[Jurgen Klopp expects to have Fabinho and Dejan Lovren back in full training next week but James Milner and Naby Keita are unavailable for Liverpool’s trip to Tottenham] Dejan and Fabinho we expect to be back next week in full training, if that’s early enough for the United game we will see. They’re working really hard, going through the paces, it’s good. James and Naby are unavailable. Both muscles, different, and for different people. Not a timeframe on it. We are open whenever they want to join us, when the medical team gives us the green light. Not this week, or next week, then we will see.

[Liverpool boss Klopp is expecting to face a well-drilled Tottenham side, who will have to do without prolific captain Harry Kane] I’m expecting a very organised Tottenham side, yes. Putting some emphasis on defending for sure, using the counter-attacks, but team is too good technically to do just that. [Christian] Eriksen, [Dele] Alli, [Giovani] Lo Celso, lots of midfielders who can create situations, the speed they have with Lucas [Moura] and Son [Heung-min] too. It could be [Serge] Aurier and [Ryan] Sessegnon are on the wings on top of that with speed.

We cannot be 100 per cent sure what they will do but we have signs from what Mourinho did at Man United against us. Different teams and players though. That is normal. Our analysis always ends quite a way from the truth. It is the same for us, we want to be unpredictable. Mourinho is a world-class manager with a specific mindset. He wants to win. I respect that a lot. Each situation his team is in he tries to use. That is how managers work

2020 01 11 Retrieve

[Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp to journalists when trying to figure out which position Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho played]</b> Google it!

2020 01 18 Retrieve

[Jurgen Klopp speaks about last year’s UEFA Champions League parade in Liverpool] How much it meant to the people? I thought I knew, but seeing it is completely different. You had 60-, 70-, 80-year-old men and women punching their chests, screaming, ‘I! LOVE! YOU!’ Life is all about having that kind of relationship

2020 01 22 Retrieve

[Jurgen Klopp explains Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s angry reaction to being subbed against Man Utd] He is not frustrated, he just looks like this. I asked him and it is fine. It is normal a player wants to play 90 minutes but we have to learn from our own past. Oxlade is an unbelievably important player for us

There are moments in a game where players get a bit tired and they show up. I try to read the players during a game and try to understand which moment they are, energy level-wise, and make a decision

Sometimes I hit the point and sometimes not, maybe with Ox last time I was a bit too early but he got a knock on top of that. He was limping a little bit.

If a midfielder is limping you start looking in detail and sometimes in a defensive situation, a midfielder is not where he should be and then there is the impact.

You have to make a decision. After the game it didn’t feel that bad, the knock he got

2020 02 13 Retrieve

[Klopp joked after the semi-final of that competition, a late 2-1 win over Mexican side Monterrey. According to sources, he has been known to sing that song, to the tune of Queen’s Radio Ga Ga, around Melwood] All you need is Alisson Becker

2020 02 18 Retrieve

[Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp also praised Alexander-Arnold, although the German boss isn’t fully sure about the Ballon d’Or talk] Any football experts in? Did Cafu win the Ballon d’Or? So, he thinks obviously a right-back should win the Ballon d’Or? I couldn’t love Trent Alexander-Arnold more. I admire his skills, he’s a wonderful boy, character all that stuff. But it’s a very positive message from Cafu. Yes, he has big potential. If he will win the Ballon d’Or I have no idea. Thank you Cafu for being a really nice fella, obviously

2020 02 21 Retrieve

[Klopp says Haaland and Minamino transfers were both ‘perfect’] The difference couldn’t be bigger. Erling Haaland made a perfect choice with Dortmund, and Taki made a perfect choice too. Dortmund needed a striker. Everybody blames Man United for not getting him, but we wouldn’t have got him - not that we tried. It’s as easy as that. He wanted a top team, as soon as possible, with an open space - Borussia Dortmund.

That’s timing. I hope you know how much I love and respect the people at Dortmund, but it’s not that they made a perfect approach and did this and that, it was more they were there, had the space, number nine … ‘Here we go, you are 19 years old, want to play Champions League, top end of Bundesliga, so go for it’.

Nobody else had a chance, I’m pretty sure, no matter what they say. Taki finds here a completely different situation. That’s normal. We have no problems, particularly in an offensive position, but we need variation at moments. Taki tries everything. Against the ball he is top class, but if you ask him, although he doesn’t say it, he wants to do what we want him to do. But we want him to do what he does naturally. That’s the time we need, and you lose a little bit of quality in that period until you fight back

2020 02 21b Retrieve

[Klopp recently backed Lazio to win the Scudetto this season, highlighting Immobile as one of the reasons] I am cheering for Lazio to win the title. We have a former Liverpool player in the title race, that is Lucas Leiva. Ciro Immobile was also one of my players at Borussia Dortmund. I’m sorry for Maurizio Sarri and Antonio Conte, but I think Lazio will be a great surprise. They are having an incredible season

2020 02 22 Retrieve

[Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp speaks about his side’s cushion atop the Premier League after a 1-0 victory at Norwich City] The gap is so insane, I don’t really understand it. I am not smart enough. I have not had that before. It is outstanding, so difficult

2020 03 07 Retrieve

[Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp on the coronavirus] People with knowledge should talk about the novel coronavirus outbreak. I wear a baseball cap and have a bad shave

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[Jurgen Klopp accepts he will never compare with Liverpool great Bill Shankly despite guiding the Reds to a record-breaking 22nd consecutive home Premier League win] Oh yes. I will never compare with this fella. Great, I think it was 23 [22] today. We didn’t think about the number before the game, but after the game we can think about it for a couple of minutes. It’s nice. It’s absolutely nice. It’s special, not normal. And the game today is an example: we have to fight hard. We are not geniuses, but we can really fight until the end of the season, and then we’ll see what we get for it

[However, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane hit back, sending the Reds 25 points clear at least until second-placed defending champions Manchester City play the first of two games in hand at Manchester United on Sunday] It was a very, very good performance after a very difficult start. There are situations that really don’t help like the first goal. Obviously, from my point of view, it’s 100 per cent a foul, nothing else. But it shows the problem with VAR as well. The ref doesn’t see it, Mike Dean [the fourth official] is next to me, saying, ‘Have a look, have a look’. Then VAR says it’s not clear and obvious because you can maybe say in England that the arm like this is still allowed. I don’t know how that’s possible. But then we wanted to fight back before the game, so we had to fight really back. We did that, put them under pressure, did a lot of good stuff, had really good situations, scored wonderful goals

[Liverpool need just three more wins to clinch the title, but Klopp’s focus quickly switched to Atletico Madrid in the Champions League, with his side 1-0 down ahead of the last-16 second leg at Anfield] Three wins to go? No, no, it’s Atleti 100 per cent. That’s a tough one, as we know. Of course, they will not come here and try to play a friendly game. It will be the opposite. Today helps, 100 per cent. Maybe [there will be] one or two players coming back - we will see - and then with a good line-up and with Anfield, we’ll try to change it

2020 03 14 Retrieve

[Jurgen Klopp writes a letter to Liverpool supporters after the Premier League’s announcement that all matches would be suspended due to the coronavirus outbreak] Of course, we don’t want to play in front of an empty stadium and we don’t want games or competitions suspended, but if doing so helps one individual stay healthy - just one - we do it no questions asked

2020 03 17 Retrieve

[Jurgen Klopp says Firmino is world class & stats don’t matter] It’s pretty rare that you meet a person like Bobby who is so selfless and unselfish. He’s like, ball there, ball there, pass the ball and he’s really happy about it. Then he realises ‘well I didn’t score for four or five weeks actually’.

But it’s unbelievable [his unselfishness], it doesn’t matter. No really, he’s world class. Just a sensationally good guy

2020 03 27 Retrieve

[Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp’s emotional reaction to NHS workers chanting You’ll Never Walk Alone] My English is not good enough to say. It’s extraordinary, it’s great. I think yesterday I was sent a video of people in the hospital just outside the intensive care area and when they started singing You’ll Never Walk Alone I started crying immediately. It’s unbelievable.

But it shows everything, these people not only work but they have such a good spirit. They are used to helping other people, we need to get used to it because usually we have our own problems and stuff. But it’s their job, they do it day in and day out

They bring themselves, if you want, in danger because they help ill, sick and seriously handicapped people, so I couldn’t admire them more and appreciate it more, I really couldn’t

Thursday [we were] off and then Friday when we arrived it was already clear this is not a session. Yes, we trained, but it was more of a meeting. We had a lot of things to talk about, a lot of things to think about, things I never thought before in my life about.

Nobody knew exactly – and nobody knows exactly – how it will go on, so the only way we could do was to organise it as good as possible for the boys and make sure everything is sorted as much as we can sort it in our little space, in the little area where we are responsible, really.

That’s what we did in a very short time, then we sent the boys home, went home ourselves and here we are still.

2020 03 28 Retrieve

[Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp speaks about the COVID-19 crisis] In the future, in 10, 20, 30, 40 years, if we look back and then the conclusion is that this was the period when the world showed the biggest solidarity, the biggest love, the biggest friendship or whatever, that would be great, that would be really great. So in the moment when you go through a phase or a period like this it’s not possible to see that, especially not for the people who are ill, but there will be a point in the future, a moment in the future when we look back and hopefully then we can see it like this. Because that’s the solution for it – we all have to be disciplined, we all have to work together, we all have to take care of each other and that’s the solution for this problem

2020 03 31 Retrieve

[The best right-back in the world? How Trent Alexander-Arnold is reinventing the full-back]</b> [Klopp calls him] one of the most relentless professionals I’ve met when it comes to focusing on getting better each and every day

2020 04 21 Retrieve

[Klopp insisted he had no desire to see Shaqiri leave, and he considered him to be an important member of his squad] When I am with him he is completely happy and fine here and speculation is speculation, it is nothing we can change. Of course he has a future but we speak about the future always until the season ends and then maybe a player is coming to me or not but no-one thinks about that. This season he is a very important player for us

2020 06 02 Retrieve

[Klopp tells Liverpool players to wear masks and gloves] Yes it feels 100 percent a secure environment, but we can never be sure that it will be and that there will be no infections. We still have a normal life, the boys are massively disciplined. [It has been] 11 weeks already, which for people in this age is a challenge. For all of us it’s a challenge, but for [the players] especially. We go to petrol stations, we need fuel, we need food, stuff like this. We wear face masks, which I don’t understand why not everyone in England, especially in close areas, wear face masks and gloves. I don’t understand that, it helped in Germany a lot. I’m not an expert but it helped there a lot. We’ve told the boys, if you go wherever I want them to wear a face mask and gloves, so from their point of view nothing can really happen.

Humans are the most risk to humans, we are our own biggest enemy sometimes, so we have to stay disciplined, and we will. Hopefully for all the other clubs as well it can stay like this, but the environment itself; the training ground, around the matches, that will be 100% safe. Everybody is doing everything you can imagine that nothing happens there. The boys are, physically, in an incredible shape, I am not worried about them. If I would be, we wouldn’t be here

2020 06 07 Retrieve

[Can Liverpool afford to let ‘safety valve’ Wijnaldum leave on a free transfer?] It’s just so obvious, his importance. Is he the perfect midfielder? From his skill set, 100 per cent. He has all the things you need.

Gini is a personality in the dressing room. He is not the guy who says yes to everything.

2020 06 09 Retrieve

[Coutinho is the most expensive player in Barcelona’s history, the third most expensive in world football. He was the player Lionel Messi wanted to replace Neymar, the man Robert Fernandez, the Catalans’ sporting director, said would replace Andres Iniesta. Klopp told Coutinho years ago] There, you’ll be just another player. Here, you can be something more. If you stay, they will end up building a statue in your honour

2020 06 12 Retrieve

[Klopp praises Liverpool’s young talent after thrashing Blackburn in friendly] It is just so nice. Not only the goal, but when you see the situations when he came on, I think the first pass was between the two strikers, he got it in the No.6 position where he is calm, turns and passes the ball out. We can teach the boys a lot, but they have to bring a lot. Obviously the basis for Leighton is not too bad and Jake [Cain] did really well, as well. All of the boys. For Sepp [Van den Berg] it is always hard for centre-halves. We have four, so sitting outside [but] he looks really promising in training sessions. Ki-Jana, centre-half and right-back and looks really good. You see them – when Harvey [Elliott], Curtis [Jones] and Neco [Williams] played, it looked good as well. It’s coming, it’s nice and nice they are here and training with us. The way we play helps the players to feel safe; everybody is defending and you should never feel alone in a big area where you have no chance to sort the situation. That’s what I really like and for the boys it was really good

It was not only a workout; for us, it was a really important test and we wanted the players to go for 45 minutes [but] because of a few little issues we couldn’t do that, so we didn’t have enough ‘first-team players’, I would say, so that’s why we decided to let three players go for 60 minutes. That’s ok. It looked really good, obviously. It looked really good, pretty much from the beginning. Yes, you have to get used again to playing against a deep-defending side and stuff like this. Blackburn had a playing build-up from time to time, so we could work on the high press as well. So [the] counter-press was brilliant, the football was really good, the goals were nice and it was a really good afternoon. I am really thankful that Blackburn came here and we could do that, so I wish them all the best

2020 06 14 Retrieve

[Klopp has urged his players to win all of their remaining games] The problem at the moment is that we still have to become one (champions). I am not sitting here and want to doubt that, but I also know that we want to win football matches and not only two, but if possible nine. This can become historic, I have to say so clearly. And not only club historical, but historical in general. We have the chance to get an unbelievable number of points and so we prepare ourselves and then we will see what comes out of it

2020 06 25 Retrieve

[Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has described his side’s Premier League title win as unbelievable after watching Manchester City lose 2-1 to Chelsea on Thursday] It is unbelievable. It’s much more than I ever thought would be possible. Knowing how much Kenny [Dalglish] supported us, it is for you. He has waited 30 years and it’s for Stevie [Gerrard]. The boys admire you all and it’s easy to motivate the team because of our great history. It was really tense for 100 minutes of the City game, I didn’t really want to be involved but you are when you watch it. It’s an incredible achievement by my players and it’s a huge joy for me to coach them.

I haven’t waited 30 years, I have been here for four and a half years, but it is quite an achievement, especially with the three-month break because nobody knew if we could go on. The game last night gave me the feeling we would be fine and tonight is for the fans. I hope you stay at home, and it’s a joy to do it for you. It [the pandemic] is not over yet and we watched the game together at the hotel so we will enjoy the moment. I know it is difficult for people in this moment but we could not hold back. We will enjoy this with our supporters when we can. I’m completely overwhelmed. I never thought it would be like this. I had no idea

2020 06 26 Retrieve

[Jurgen Klopp has praised his Liverpool players and staff after they were crowned Premier League champions] I am nothing without my coaches and even less without my players. We have a common idea and common dream. We have big dreams and we’ve always had them – that doesn’t mean we can fulfil them, but we have to give them a proper try and that is what we have done since we have been here. Not more, and it will never be less, and the more people dream the more important and stronger it gets. So of course, without the players buying into this philosophy I have no chance, but we will not stop.

We have to show that on the pitch obviously and two games here or there and you will tell us: ‘That is not the Liverpool of last year’. It is OK to try but these questions will never come up that we will show you it is possible to do things even longer, not only one year, not only two years because if you into detail you would see we have done it for four years.

We try to squeeze everything out and it didn’t work out always, but the intensity was never less, it was just not as successful. The boys are in good age group, more experienced, more confident, more convinced and we should use that as much as we can but we know there are other teams out there who will do the exactly the same to improve their situation and there will be hard fights but that is how the Premier League is, a hard fight every three days. We have seven days off before Man City and then we play six of the seven remaining games in 18 days or so, so there is not a lot of time to think, only about the game we play and then the next game. That will be pretty intense.

2020 06 26b Retrieve

[Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said he initially ‘felt empty inside’ after the club secured the Premier League title] I am completely overwhelmed; I don’t know, it’s a mix of everything – I am relieved, I am happy, I am proud, I couldn’t be more proud of the boys. How we watched the game tonight together, we knew it could happen, it couldn’t not happen, we didn’t know. We want to play football and we are really happy that we are allowed to play again – then when it happened in that moment, it was a pure explosion. When we counted down the last five seconds of the game, the ref counted down a little bit longer than us so we had to look at two or three more passes! Then it was pure…I cannot describe it. It was a really, really nice moment. Directly after it, I felt so empty inside – I cannot believe it, I am really not happy with myself in the moment that I feel like I feel, but it’s just a little bit too much in the moment. I will be fine, nobody has to worry

I actually couldn’t be happier; I couldn’t have dreamed of something like that and I never did before last year, honestly. We were not close enough three years ago, a year ago we were really close … what the boys have done in the last two-and-a-half years, the consistency they show is absolutely incredible and second to none. Honestly, I have no idea how we do that all the time. Last night, a very good example – we played a game like the stadium is fully packed and everybody is shouting ‘Liverpool’ or whatever constantly. It is a wonderful moment, that’s what I can say

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[The club, he said, had stopped enjoying itself. Liverpool’s history, he concluded, was weighing heavy] When I came, I said that nobody likes this team, not even the team! That was the truth. They thought they were not good enough to be in a Liverpool side because everybody gave them that feeling

2020 06 26d Retrieve

[Jurgen Klopp smiled as he re-lived the moment Liverpool were confirmed as Premier League champions on Thursday night] I called my family 10 seconds before the final whistle. We had a Facetime call. I told them I loved them, they told me they loved me. We cannot be together, that was not nice, but that’s how it is. Then I put the phone on the table and said ‘leave it on, because in four or five seconds something special will happen’. That was a really nice moment, which I enjoyed a lot. All the other messages, I don’t want to compare at the moment. They were great, all full of appreciation, respect, love, support, whatever. Maybe I should use this opportunity to say sorry I cannot answer all of them, but I can read all of them. That’s what I will do in the next few days

[A few hours later, though, he was able to reflect on his feelings with a little more clarity] I am happy. Really happy. Relieved. Last night I was overwhelmed obviously, but it’s a very good moment in my life. It’s a mix of everything. I know it is a really big achievement, and it was an incredible ride to get here. What the boys did in the time since I am here is just exceptional, and I am so happy for them that we could do that

[He also paid tribute to the club’s supporters, whose backing he says has been key to Liverpool’s success, and to his backroom staff as well] I think the people had a really positive opinion of me when I came in, so that was really nice and helped a lot. It gave us time to achieve the things we achieved in the past two-and-a-half, three years

The people wanted to have their own history, like the players had to write their own history and stories. They were ready not to compare us too much with all these great, great figures in our club. They gave us time and we used the time pretty well

It’s normal that people are positive about the manager of the team when you become champions, but the people know as well, like I know, how much it means to us and how important my coaches are

Without Pep, Peter, Vitor, John, Jack, Korny, Mona, Ray, Matt, Danielle, Julia and all the others, it would not be possible, and that’s the truth. I am the face of it, but a lot of the work, the others do

[Asked if he had ever doubted whether he could bring the title back to Anfield after such a long wait for the club] Not doubts, but I didn’t know that it will happen because the other teams are so good. You have to change each year, bring new things, that’s how it is. A season is really long, you need to be lucky in some moments, especially with injuries, so you can never be sure. I was never sure it will happen, but I knew we will become a really good football team. But others are pretty good as well. The consistency makes all the difference. We were good four years ago, we were really good three years, we were unbelievably good last year, the consistency we showed was incredible, and then smashing the record so far this season is absolutely exceptional, and second to none. It’s all about the boys’ commitment, desire and understanding of the club’s heart and soul. That made it happen, and thankfully I am part of this

2020 06 27 Retrieve

[Klopp’s bold Liverpool promise after title win] The last 13 months were pretty special for us, it’s true. I would like to involve the year before because it was an incredible time in my football life. I didn’t experience it before - not that good - the consistency the boys show is so exceptional. We will not stop, we really have to stay focused, because we see the opportunity. I will promise we will improve. But this will not mean we will win everything, but that we will improve. City is exceptional, so I cannot promise that we will win something. If you ask my team at Mainz, they worked hard. Dortmund as well. This group is a mix – we have a lot of world class players, but other clubs do too

The consistency comes from the mix of determination, buying into ideas, attitude, character, personality. That’s what makes this group special. They are confident because we won, but they are humble. If they stay humble, we have a good chance to be successful. It helped massively that we won the Champions League. It helps from a confidence point of view – from the nearly man to a winner. We get a super push from our supporters, every two weeks we have the best atmosphere in football. We have a good situation, we use our history instead of being held back by it. We will make sure we are still good from now on

If you want to win the league, it’s pretty much not allowed to lose a game. City have never stopped since Pep was there. We will try not to stop, to improve, to make things special. Tomorrow we train, that’s how it is. We have a common dream. We have big dreams. The more people dream the more important and stronger it gets. So we will not stop. f you really go into detail, you’ll see we have been doing this for three, four years. The intensity was never less, we were not as successful. The boys are more experienced, more convinced. But we know other teams are there and will do a lot to improve their situation. There will be hard fights, and the hard fight starts now.

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[Klopp rules out Liverpool move for Sancho] A red jersey would look very good on Jadon. But I don’t think such a transfer will take place this summer. He is a very interesting player. If he moved to Liverpool, I would be the most surprised of all!

I can’t do anything with the title ‘Best coach in the World. But I know that, together with the whole coaching team, we are very good coaches. But I think Pep Guardiola is the best coach of the world

[Klopp repeated his belief that Liverpool can kick on and win more trophies] This team doesn’t need a change. I cannot promise that we will dominate football now, nor do I know if it is time to talk about major upheavals, but I know that our goal is to keep the team together. The boys are currently a great football age. We made a lot of right decisions together. If I have a talent, it is probably that I can bring extremely good people together. For example, my coaching staff is exceptional, but there is no single recipe. It is also important that we have continued to develop. The problem in Dortmund was that our team fell apart. That didn’t happen here and now the team has been exceptionally consistent for two-and-a-half years. We play every game as if it were the last one because we have nothing else to do on weekends!

2020 06 27c Retrieve

[Lucky Liverpool] Without luck, we cannot win the amount of games we have won

2020 06 27d Retrieve

[Set-piece Liverpool] The most important thing is we always have routines for the next game. That is all up to Pete Krawietz and the analysis boys, they put a lot of effort in that

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[Jurgen Klopp: Liverpool move for Jadon Sancho would surprise me] The red shirt [of Liverpool] would suit very well. I don’t think such a transfer will be possible this season. He [Sancho] is a very interesting player. If he’s coming to Liverpool I would be the most surprised of all of us

2020 06 29 Retrieve

[Klopp urges Liverpool fans to celebrate Premier League title win responsibly following wild Pier Head scenes] I love your passion, your songs, your refusal to accept defeat, your commitment, your understanding of the game and your faith in what we are doing.

Even though you cannot be at our games at the moment I love that you still made sure that you were with us by making the Kop look like the Kop even if it cannot sound like it. I cannot begin to tell you how much the players and myself appreciated that and I have no doubt that it was one of the reasons why our performance against Crystal Palace was so good.

What I did not love – and I have to say this – was the scenes that took place at the Pier Head on Friday. I am a human being and your passion is also my passion but right now the most important thing is that we do not have these kind of public gatherings.

We owe it to the most vulnerable in our community, to the health workers who have given so much and whom we have applauded and to the police and local authorities who help us as a club not to do this.

Please - celebrate - but celebrate in a safe way and in private settings, whereby we do not risk spreading this awful disease further in our community.

If things were different I would love nothing more than to celebrate together, to have a parade that would be even bigger than the one after we won the Champions League last year, so that we could all share this special moment but it just is not possible

We have all done so much to fight Covid-19 and this effort cannot go to waste. We owe it to ourselves and each other to do what is right and at this moment that means being together and being there for one another by being apart

When the time is right we will celebrate. We will enjoy this moment and we will paint the city red. But for now, please stay at home as much as possible. This is not the time to be in the city centre in big numbers or to go near football grounds

At the start of this crisis I said that we did not want to play in an empty stadium but if it meant that it helped just one person stay healthy we would do it no questions asked and nothing has changed to make me alter this view

I already knew and liked the German word solidarität before I came to Liverpool and now I have learned that the English word is solidarity because I have heard it used by our supporters during the last few months

For me, it is the word more than any other that captures what Liverpool people are about. It is why they have come together to make PPE, it is why they have delivered food parcels and medicines to people when they have needed it most and it is why they come together in so many different ways during such a difficult time

If we can keep on coming together by being separate we will hopefully play a big part in the fight against this disease. I know that we can do this because I have experienced what a difference can be made and the players and myself have benefited from it

Hopefully in a few months from now, or longer if necessary, I can write another letter to the Liverpool Echo to thank you for putting the health of our people ahead of everything else. Nothing would make me prouder

2020 06 29b Retrieve

[How do Liverpool go about defending their Premier League title next season?] I’m completely overwhelmed. I never thought it would be like this – I had no idea!

2020 06 29c Retrieve

[Liverpool boss Klopp on transfers, coronavirus and FSG relationship] Covid has of course influenced both sides with ins and outs, that is completely normal. It’s just not likely that it will be the most busy summer in the world. But maybe at a later point in the year, if the transfer window is still open and we know more, then maybe something could happen. I am very confident that we can keep the team together, but all the rest of the planning is ongoing without knowing. We have no idea at the moment. I don’t know when the new season will start. Nobody knows how the future will be, which is very strange

Three months ago nobody knew anything about how it would be and now we act a little bit like everything will be fine again. It is a little bit early to guess that. And in football now we get confronted with how much do you want to spend? How much can you spend if you don’t know how much you can have? That is exactly the situation. We all will pay a bill in the end. It’s not only football. Hopefully it is over soon but nobody knows exactly how big the bill will be. I think it’s completely normal that this is a moment we wait a little bit longer with some decisions or just say ‘we pause and try it again like this’. We should not start taking for granted it all will be fine

[There was dismay among supporters when Werner, seen as an ideal fit for the Reds’ system and a player with the potential to develop into one of the world’s top forwards, moved to Chelsea earlier this month] This squad… look at it. It is not a squad you have to change now and say ‘OK, we need this position and this position’. If you are a football supporter, you still want a backup for him and him, of course. Even if you are completely happy with the first XI, you still want backups for everyone. We don’t have a first XI, I’d say we have a first 16 or 17, where they can all play to the same level. But this is what we have to use, 100 per cent. And what we want to create are transfers internally

So now we have the first glimpses of Neco Williams. He would not be here in this position if we were not convinced. All these boys, Curtis [Jones], Harvey [Elliott], Ki-Jana [Hoever], Sepp [van den Berg], Yasser [Larouci], Leighton [Clarkson], Jake [Cain], all these boys have done really well. And a few I don’t know yet but I will know them soon

We cannot spend millions and millions and millions because we think it is nice to do. We want to strengthen this squad, and this squad is strong. The problem with a strong squad is how do you improve a strong squad on the transfer market? It works with money, obviously. That is possible. But it never works only with money. You have to be creative and we try to be creative. We try to find solutions internally. There is still a lot to come. We have three or four players who can still make big, big steps, who are not in the first 12 or 13 so far. That is the pressure we make as well, internally. We have had these discussions throughout the last four-and-a-half years. You asked me if I will find solutions in the transfer market and you are right, we did that, 100 per cent. We did smart business, brought good players in and then did something on the training pitch, and that is not finished yet

[Klopp also opened up on his relationship with Fenway Sports Group] The relationship was exceptional from the first day. The first meeting was in New York [in 2015] that’s true. But the first phone call with Mike [Gordon, the FSG president] was before that, three days before maybe, I don’t know. I was still in bed! It was a nice day, I remember that, but I had nothing to do. I had time off and my phone started to ring. I knew that Mike, or someone from FSG, was going to call. I didn’t know Mike at that point. But we had a one-hour talk on the phone. I obviously convinced him in a way that he wanted to meet in New York to bring the deal over the line. That’s how it started. From that moment on, we had a very, very good relationship on a professional basis and a personal basis as well. With Mike, we work closely together – that’s how it is. But it’s Mike, Michael [Edwards, the sporting director] and myself. We pretty much are the transfer committee! They were my first owners, so I can’t compare them. They are the best owners I ever worked with for sure! That’s cool.

There is no problem if it doesn’t happen, you don’t need to have a personal relationship maybe in this business. But we have worked brilliantly together and we have a very good relationship. That makes it pretty special. First and foremost, they wanted to support us. Maybe not always at first with money but with a lot of trust and faith in the things we do. That was apparent from the first second. It was always clear. We finished eighth in 2016 – ninth would have been the worst ever, right? – but there was never doubt, not from that side. I’m pretty sure there was doubt from the outside. But from the owners’ side, there was never. They wanted to give us time. They saw the little steps and that helped massively. We could make it, step-by-step

2020 06 29d Retrieve

[How do Liverpool improve? How potentially record-breaking side can still get better] This is not the final destination. It’s a moment like last year’s Champions League final. From that moment you carry on, and that’s what we’ll do now. They are 4-0 up in the 87th minute, and four players are chasing one poor Crystal Palace player like he has the only ball in the world. I like it so much.

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[It was something then-Sky Sports pundit Jose Mourinho raised when covering their 1-1 draw at Manchester United in October, when Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s five-man defence saw Liverpool drop their first points of the campaign. It is a difficulty Klopp fully accepts] Oh, we are a different team since then. But it’s still the biggest challenge for each football team in the world, playing against a low block. I would say the best team in the world at it is Manchester City, but even they struggle from time to time because it’s just difficult.

It’s about always right decisions, forcing the opponent into a situation he’s not comfortable with, using the space behind the last line as long as you can because when they drop there’s not a lot there any more […] All these kind of things. But we are a completely different team. We developed a lot in the last months and years

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[Klopp described Jordan Henderson as an ‘example’ to his team-mates after the 4-0 win over Southampton in February] Did he look like the captain of a team that is 19 points ahead? Not for a second. It looked like if we lose, we are relegated

2020 07 01 Retrieve

[Jurgen Klopp says Liverpool will ‘attack’ the Premier League title next season] As long as we stay humble and greedy, we have a good chance to remain a really uncomfortable opponent. When you are a really uncomfortable opponent, you have a chance to win. And when you have a chance to win, then sometimes you have to win. There are a lot of challenges, life is constantly a challenge, and our challenge is now being champions and playing seven games against teams that will fight for everything. We can show that we don’t run because we have to, we run because we want to. Next season, you can write stories about us being the defending champions or whatever, but that is why I say - we will not defend anything, we will attack it

[When asked if City are likely to be Liverpool’s main rivals for the title again next season] City will be strong next season, [Manchester] United will be strong next season, Chelsea will be strong next season. They all will be strong next season. It is obvious. City are just an outstanding team, United are in outstanding shape and Chelsea are in really good shape and are doing some interesting business. That is clear. Tottenham will not sleep, Arsenal will not sleep. They all will come. Leicester will be there. There are a lot of teams.

2020 07 02 Retrieve

[Jurgen Klopp urges Liverpool fans to ‘do what is right’ following scenes of mass celebrations] I am a human being and your passion is also my passion but right now the most important thing is that we do not have these kind of public gatherings. We owe it to the most vulnerable in our community, to the health workers who have given so much and whom we have applauded and to the police and local authorities who help us as a club not to do this. Please - celebrate - but celebrate in a safe way and in private settings, whereby we do not risk spreading this awful disease further in our community. We owe it to ourselves and each other to do what is right and at this moment that means being together and being there for one another by being apart. When the time is right we will celebrate. We will enjoy this moment and we will paint the city red. But for now, please stay at home as much as possible.

Sir Kenny Dalglish is the soul of this club. His understanding of what Liverpool is and what it means to the people is vital to everything that we do. Steven Gerrard is the legs. He carried the club in so many ways as a player and there is no one who deserves this title more than he does

2020 07 03 Retrieve

[Jurgen Klopp: Liverpool squad will all get Premier League winners’ medals] If people don’t understand how important the squad is to win the championship then I can’t help them to be honest. If you have zero games you should win a medal, if you are part of the squad you should get a medal. If you are the second goalie and you have less games you should have a medal, because you train five million times over a year and if you don’t (all) train at the highest level then you have no chance to win the championship (as a squad). These boys will get a medal 100 per cent - I will produce it myself, eh? One hundred per cent they can have my medal. They deserve a medal and they will get a medal, if not from the Premier League then me.

2020 07 03b Retrieve

[Jurgen Klopp warns Premier League appearances won’t be handed out ‘like Christmas presents’] I don’t think these kinds of questions will be asked to Frank Lampard or Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. We are champions and we now should bring in the young boys, give them a chance, let’s have a look. And when we lose a game, everyone is telling us we’ve lost focus. We want to win football games but to do that, the best players need to be on the pitch. If the young players are part of that, then they will be on the pitch. They are so close, they are really good and are our future. But they will not play now because I want to see them in the Premier League. We do not give Premier League games as Christmas presents. We cannot do that

We didn’t lose a lot of games in the last two-and-a-half years. But we have lost, and so far we’ve always used that for the next games. If you think about things we didn’t do well, in this department we have to show a reaction. That doesn’t mean changing everything, it means being spot on in these moments. You cannot switch off. As an example, Joe (Gomez) was on his own in the challenge with Raheem Sterling but he should have shouted at everybody around him. The other players maybe didn’t look at him in that moment. These are the situations we have to change. Hendo (Jordan Henderson) could have been there, usually Fabinho should have been there but he pushed up. If we want to achieve something special, the only way to do that is by being 100 per cent in that specific game, which means in all the specific situations. Do we have to lose 4-0 to learn that? I’m not sure, but it can help. It makes the point absolutely clear

That was a special game. People will be speaking about it in 10 years, that it was one of the key moments of the season. I remember exactly how they scored the goal, our goals and other parts of the game, which doesn’t always happen. It was a very important one for us.

Villa was not in a bad moment at that time. Since then, a lot of things changed. Can we use this game for our preparation? Not really but in general it was a really important game. Since then, Aston Villa changed their system twice. They played a back five and in the last game, they played a diamond, bringing Jack Grealish into his best position. We don’t know how they will line up against us. Some people say rhythm is better than a break. If it was an advantage for City last night, it should be an advantage for us against Aston Villa. They had a week off while we played on Thursday. We have to give Villa a proper fight. In possession, they make the pitch big, play diagonal balls, use their speed. They are good. But usually in games against top-six teams, they don’t have 50-60 per cent of the ball, it’s more like between 25 and 35. But it’s not about that, it’s about what they’re doing in the moments where they have the ball, and us needing to have solutions for that.