Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp has never been shy of an emotional statement.
We know that for all the tough exterior, he can be a sap at heart. He feels all the feels in his job. And so, writing in today’s match programme, he got very heartfelt about this Liverpool squad.
“I have been asked in the build-up to today, and previous games like this, whether as a manager I enjoy them”, the official Liverpool site report Klopp as writing.
”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.
”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.
”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.”
He went on to talk more directly about the players.
“I could not be prouder of what this squad has done and continues to do.
”Liverpool Football Club is so blessed to have this remarkable group of people together in this moment representing and competing for the club. They are so special, each and every one of them.
”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.”
It’s stirring words, and nothing less than you’d expect. We’re lucky to have a manager like Klopp. Enjoy every second of it.