Ahead of the big clash tonight between Manchester City and Liverpool, Reds manager Jurgen Klopp has expressed his delight with the evolution of the Liverpool team under him.
Liverpool had become a side struggling in the top half of the table prior to the arrival of Klopp but are now title contenders.
In his pre-match column with Liverpool.com before the game, he explained his utter delight and said, “I have been asked in the build-up to today, and previous games like this, whether as a manager I enjoy them.”
“Honestly speaking, I don’t enjoy the 90-plus minutes itself when it’s happening, but that’s the case with nearly all games I’ve been involved with as a manager in my career.”, he also added.
He further explained how genuinely he enjoys managing the set of players and helping them grow. “When you’re in the moment you are working, so you don’t allow yourself time to even think about whether it’s something you enjoy or not. But I can enjoy the situation and I do.”
“I take enjoyment and fulfilment from how my players have improved and grown together to bring us to the point that we are involved in great occasions like this.”
The 49-year-old explained, “I take enjoyment from the fact these players and this team have earned their status as being one of the best football sides in the world in this moment.
“I take enjoyment from knowing that these players have total belief in themselves. I could not be prouder of what this squad has done and continues to do.”, he added.
However, Klopp wasn’t going to patronize his fans with false promises about a Premier League title before the crunch game against City, but vowed that his team will put their blood and sweat on the line to give their absolute best throughout the campaign.
He said, “We cannot and should not ever promise an outcome. We can’t promise a specific result today or that in May we will achieve anything specific either – that would be foolish.”
“What we can promise, and what they constantly deliver on, is that this team, whichever players feature on the teamsheet today, will give their all. These players don’t know any other way – it’s all of themselves and nothing less when they compete for Liverpool.”, the German quipped.
A test of the evolution awaits his Reds team tonight against Pep’s champions!