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Klopp Talk: I Am Not a Very Negative Person

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The boss talks about fighting for trophies on two fronts.

Liverpool v Barcelona - UEFA Champions League Semi Final: Second Leg Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

Today, Liverpool play for the Premier League title, but it’s not in our hands. In a few weeks, Liverpool play for the Champions League title, and it is in our hands.

Jürgen Klopp has put us in the best position we could ask for. Still, people complain that he hasn’t won anything yet. It doesn’t seem to be bothering him too much.

“It is in my mind that I am famous for saying ‘if I am in four years still here...’,” the Liverpool Echo report the manager as saying.

“Actually in that moment, I thought that pressure in the club and from around the club was much bigger than it really was.

“Everybody gave me the feeling that, not people inside, that you have to win silverware, you have to win silverware, nobody is interested in development, nobody is interested in development, in the game itself or the result.

“That made my life a bit uncomfortable in the beginning because I have not a time machine so we need time to develop things so I don’t think I would have believed it in this moment.

“But I am not a very negative person, I would have at least thought there was a chance we could have been in this situation but I would not have thought it was possible being three times in a European final, twice in a Champions League final.

“That is something nobody could have said four years ago, that is really special and it is big but we know it better than others, now we want it.”

Football is not a fair and just sport. You can play well and lose. It’s baked right into the entire appeal of the thing. Realistically, all that we can ask is for a continually improving side putting us right in the mix for big trophies. There can be now doubt that Klopp is achieving on that front.