‘Each player can improve’: Jurgen Klopp sends warning to Liverpool’s title rivals next season by declaring there is more to come from the newly-crowned Premier League champions
Jurgen Klopp has promised there is more to come from his title winners after they crowned their title-winning season in glorious style.
The night that Liverpool received the trophy was always going to be special and Klopp’s team summoned an attacking performance befitting of the occasion, as five separate scorers helped secure a 5-3 win over Chelsea.
Naby Keita, who crashed home the opening goal, embodied Liverpool’s spirit and desire and he is one player Klopp is adamant will improve considerably over the next 12 months, when the ultimate target will be to defend their trophy.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has warned their rivals that they can improve next season
He finally got his hands on the Premier League trophy on Wednesday during their presentation
The Reds have had a stellar season but their manager believes all the players can improve
Analysing what is next, however, can wait for Klopp, who was thrilled to have his family in the stadium after late approval was given by Liverpool City Council for the squad’s closest relatives to be permitted inside Anfield so long as they adhered to strict social distancing and remained in bubbles.
‘It was special – absolutely special,’ said Klopp. ‘We don’t have to compare as we never have done it before. We all know it could have been different. It could have been worse, for example, if we never won the game. The boys gave us the opportunity to have a really special night.
‘I think a lot of people thought before the game one team fights for the Champions League, the other team is maybe already on the beach. But these boys are so special. I could not be more proud.
‘Throwing a performance like this in on the pitch tonight… it was an open game but nice, nice goals. Incredible goals, super footballing moments. I loved the game! We could enjoy it and we will enjoy the rest of the night.’
Liverpool’s final league game of the season at Anfield saw them beat Chelsea 5-3 in a thriller
Klopp, whose side finish the campaign with a trip to Newcastle, added: ‘Each player who played the majority of the games can improve. That is how it is. The age group they are in, making better decisions, being clear in what they do and defensively better than everyone else.
‘Naby didn’t play that much and so he is a good example. Curtis Jones is a good example. I don’t want to make it too big but he looks like he is kind of ready. That means we have space and potential for improvement and we will work on that.
‘Now we have to have a party and recover and play Newcastle. We are on 96 points and it would be really nice if we could get 99. It will be difficult, but tonight it was difficult because Chelsea are good and the boys did it anyway.’
Klopp was the first member of Liverpool’s entourage to appear on the specially constructed podium for the presentation, sporting a black baseball cap that he was wearing backwards and a smile that could not hide his contentment. He explained the emotion of the experience.
Klopp highlighted the likes of Naby Keita (right) as a prime example for Liverpool’s potential
‘It was absolutely great,’ said Klopp. ‘It made it even more special that the families could be in the stadium for the trophy lift, they were not allowed in for the game. I knew my family was here tonight which made it even more special.
‘You want to share these moments with your loved ones – I had my loved ones around me with the staff and the players. You stand on the stage and there’s no-one in the stadium – not no-one but not as many as you imagine – but the people who organised it made the absolute best of it.
‘I was never before on the Kop, it was pretty special and I think it made sense with people not in to use it to celebrate together.’