Does Jürgen Klopp always write a column for the matchday magazine? We may never know. Coincidentally, the manager has written one for this matchday. Liverpool host Huddersfield Town at Anfield this evening in the antepenultimate game of the season and Klopp’s message to supporters and to the world remains the same as it has all along: work hard, be confident, strong, win, jets, tacos, etc.
Klopp is expecting a hard fight from Huddersfield despite their assured relegation from the Premier League. The sad, wounded terrier could still surprise you with a bite. But Liverpool are a powerful force on the Anfield pitch with the supporters roaring around them.
“We must have more hunger and more desire than them and work even harder – it’s that simple,” said Klopp. “Our supporters and our team are so in tune now with what we require I do not need to give reminders or cautionary team talks to either about complacency, patience or the need to react positively to setbacks in games.
“Our club – the entire club – has grown together so we have the perfect mentality of respect for the opposition, while having complete faith and belief in ourselves and what we do.”
Coming in tandem with Klopp’s rallying charges in these waning weeks of the season is a call for happiness with the progress being made despite the club’s eventual standing in the table. Liverpool may miss out on the Premier League title, that could happen. But this season has been incredibly fun to watch. And that’s why we’re all here in the first place. Because Liverpool is the most fun. You think Manchester City fans are having more fun than us? They’re not. I could prove that scientifically anytime.
“If you don’t or can’t enjoy the journey to it, then it isn’t as special when you finally arrive,” Klopp said.
“Some journeys take longer, some have diversions and bumps in the road. I believe the journeys that have the most importance can be the most difficult to make.
“Regardless, these moments should only be about enjoyment for our fans. Soak up the enjoyment of the ride. For us, the team, it is about working and performance and focus. We are the ones with the job to do, this is our mindset.
“The pressure we feel is only positive – the pressure we feel brings more energy not less.”