& # 39; We are not yet the best in the world … & # 39 ;: Jurgen Klopp calls on Liverpool to move forward for Premier League trip to humble West Ham
- Runaway Premier League leaders Liverpool head to West Ham on Monday night
- The Reds only need five wins to guarantee the title, but Jurgen Klopp is careful
- Manager Klopp could watch Timo Werner and Jadon Sancho add to his team
Jurgen Klopp has rejected claims that Liverpool have become the best team in the world and have strengthened his demand for more collective improvement.
Liverpool needs only five victories to confirm their first national title since 1990 and West Ham tonight's unenviable task of becoming the first team to win points from the hosts at Anfield, since Claude Puel's Leicester held the Klopp team to a 1-1 draw last January.
The club has been in their healthiest situation for Klopp for 30 years and many important players are committed to long-term contracts. They also have the finances to improve their team in the summer, with RB Leipzig & Timo Werner and Jadon Sancho of Borussia Dortmund of solid interest.
Werner, the German striker with 27 club goals this term, described Liver pool as the ultimate destination for all players – but Klopp does not believe that the club is now at the point where they can relax. If anything, he seeks further progress to ensure that they have a chance to dominate England.
& # 39; This thing with & # 39; the best team in the world & # 39; – I don't really get it, & # 39; Klopp said. & # 39; It's nice when people say it. It is of course better than if they say that you are the worst in the world. Usually, as people & # 39; best team in the world & # 39; mention, you think of Real Madrid, Barcelona, Manchester City, things like this.
& # 39; The team that we have is about attitude – go and go and go – mixed with really good football players. We are certainly more critical about our performance. (People) only see the results, which are exceptional – we do not see ourselves as the best in the world.
& # 39; On the one hand, it's easier for players to see you like that. If they see that you are successful, it is easier to talk to players. But on the other hand, it's harder the better your team is because they ask questions such as & # 39; where and when should I play? & # 39; We need players who want to be part of this. & # 39;
Judging from the comments that Werner has made in recent days, including praise for Klopp, he wants to be part of the future of Liverpool. He is in a club with which Liverpool has a strong relationship, considering that they did business for Naby Keita in the summer of 2017.
Klopp – who must decide who will replace the Jordan Henderson hamstrung tonight in midfield – would never speak specifically about a player in another club, but he did make the profile of the person who wants Liverpool clear. It is clear that it is not someone who believes they made it.
& # 39; We need players who want to fight for their place, who want to take the next step with us, who want to develop and improve, & # 39; Beat added. "Those who want to come with us must have this attitude."
However, new acquisitions are not a priority for Klopp. His primary focus leads his side to the victories that will confirm the historic title triumph.
The German will not consider that Liverpool 19 points is clear and has pointed out that circumstances have been to their advantage – he knows that Liverpool could have been in the position of Manchester City if things had happened differently .
& # 39; Injuries, wrong decisions, we could have had this (city) season & # 39 ;, Klopp said. & # 39; For example, a center half less and we would not be here (19 points free). Full-backs were injured early in the season, we would not be here. We are not worried about the future. But we still don't know. "
West Ham either. Their immediate future could be in the championship, with the club in the bottom three heading for tonight's game.
But David Moyes had his last week defensive tactics in Manchester City while his party was preparing for a new defensive investigation on the road. was rearranged and not easy to reach, "he said." They were great, but the real supporters understand how difficult the games are. & # 39;
Moyes saved the hammers from the fall two seasons ago, but he insists that survival alone should not be considered a success at a club of this size.
& # 39; I have never written down a success in a club – and I will never do that. Certainly not a club the size of West Ham, & he added. "But I have work to do , we have work to do, unfortunately – that will be at the end of the season by everyone be judged by everyone. "
& # 39; He could coach Germany, Bayern … whatever he wants & # 39 ;: manager Jurgen Klopp tipped from Liverpool for major jobs in the future by the legendary Otto Rehhagel
- ] The Liverpool boss has the Reds on track to win the competition this campaign
- They are about to win the division for the first time in 30 years
- Jurgen Klopp guided Liverpool to their sixth Champions League title last season
- Klopp & # 39; s next match for Liverpool is West Ham at home on Monday evening
And Otto Rehhagel believes that the world is Klopp's oyster.
& # 39; Jurgen's career is unique, simply amazing & # 39 ;, he told Bild . & # 39; I was afraid he wouldn't lose a football match!
& # 39; Jurgen can inspire his players – and Liverpool has a lot of money. But he also made the right choices with the players he drew.
& # 39; I can't tell where his career will end. He is still young and he will grow. The English championship is now important to him. He can do anything in the future.
& # 39; He could be the national coach, coach at Bayern – anything he wants. All doors are open to him. & # 39;
Klopp & # 39; s Liverpool's game is West Ham at Anfield on Monday night.
Danny Murphy and Steven Gerrard together won trophies as roommates in Liverpool and remained good friends.
This week the couple met for a fascinating discussion ranging from Jurgen Klopp to Gerrard & # 39; s function as Rangers manager and what he thinks of his successor as Captain, Jordan Henderson, abolition of the Premier League .
Danny Murphy: Stevie, when did you start to feel like becoming a manager? I wouldn't have said you did that in the early days. Even as a young captain you were not entirely at ease in holding meetings with the boys.
Steven Gerrard: The skipper's at 23 were out of my comfort zone. I loved leading the boys outside, but standing up for Jamie Carragher and Robbie Fowler, people I had seen, was hard. My first conversation with the Rangers players reminded me of that. I got through it but thought: & # 39; I need more practice. & # 39;
I had 100% predicted that Carra would be a manager. You probably, too. For me it changed in my thirties. I'd look at Brendan Rodgers and it seemed like he really enjoyed it. He suggested that I take my coaching badges.
DM: The best thing about you as a captain was that you would get the tickets!
SG: ] Half of the main stand was your destiny for Chester, I think.
DM: Gerard Houllier was a manager. Rafa [Benitez] and Jurgen [Klopp] have won the Champions League. I feel that Gerard is a little undervalued in laying the foundation.
SG: He has revolutionized the standards in Liverpool. He changed diets, training, introduced the first fitness coach and better staff.
DM: On mobile phones, all T-shirts wear the same color.
SG: The ketchup went. At that time we were "What is this?" I remember that Gerard went against Robbie and Incey [Paul Ince]. If you weren't willing to go with what he wanted, you were gone. He wanted to know exactly what I was doing outside the field.
He took me and my mum and dad out for dinner and I was left without illusions. The message to my parents was that he was not allowed to let him drink and carefully picked his mats. It had to be this way, otherwise I wouldn't be in Liverpool for long.
DM: He would put you in chat training. He would notice if you hadn't shaved. I hadn't had that with any other manager. Do you remember that we would leave our hotel room open in the hope that he would put his head in it and let us drop the team? It once worked: "Don't tell anyone, but be ready for tomorrow."
SG: We would jump through the room. We had all the tricks. Eat slowly in the canteen to be the last to be with the manager, hoping that he would give you a nod to the line-up.
When I think winning the FA Cup, League Cup and UEFA Cup in one season was incredible. Consider what a club like Spurs or Everton would give for that?
DM: We preferred to play in the middle, but someone had to perform the cemetery shift right or left.
SG: It was always good to God to pull on my inside when I played to the right. Not so much at 19 or 20, but Rafa did it to me later. I stayed professional but felt outside. I grew up in the middle of the field and enjoyed looking for the ball, probably too much.
It had to be his way. The message to my parents was that he was not allowed to let him drink and carefully choose his mats
DM: Did that influence the way you succeed? I think openness creates respect.
SG: If a player comes from the team, I will try to have a respectful conversation about why. It may not be a matter of dropping, but needing a blow after a series of games. When I played, nothing was said. You wondered where you were in the car. That way you can't always communicate. But if it's a big game and someone expected to play and be down, an explanation certainly helps.
DM: People will assume that you are the next Liverpool manager because of your status as a player.
SG: I understand why, because I was a captain for so long and a large part of the fan base would like me back in the club. But I'm smart enough to realize that first of all you have to be good enough. The owners must think that you are the right man.
Let's say Klopp wins the Premier League, Champions League and goes because he thinks he can't do anything anymore. They will not choose me if I am only the 20th best candidate.
If things go bad within a few months, you will be out of work. That is how brutal the work is.
And nobody asks if I think I need two or three somewhere else. If I had the chance [at Liverpool] I would like to be prepared. You cannot plan everything season by season. If things change in months, you would be out of work.
That's how cruel the work is, but you know it before you go inside. Jurgen Klopp told me that he had made two years of mistakes with the cameras, giving him confidence. I did that with the youth in Liverpool. I didn't think in Rangers that I had cracked it. Am I now ready for the Liverpool job? Maybe not.
DM: I know you want to try to win everything with Rangers, but fans should be happy with the past 20 months, closer to Celtic and a run in Europe.
SG: I am satisfied. We have improved the team, the stadium, the training field, the medical department and sports science. Clear progress has been made, but I am not behind the content.
I have to keep pushing this in every possible way. We are 10 points or so better off than last year, but that also applies to Celtic. It is still a huge challenge. It's hard to pursue something that is powerful and self-enhancing. Can we get there? That's the interesting thing. I have faith.
DM: From the outside you have replaced one goldfish bowl with another, Liverpool for Glasgow, with Los Angeles in the meantime.
SG: Liverpool and Glasgow have similarities, but it's different for me. I had to live with my family in Liverpool. It is my city. I go to schools, stores, up and down.
I went to America because I had been in Liverpool all my life and wanted a different experience. I didn't like the end in Liverpool either. Partly because of the Chelsea thing, which was so close to winning the competition, but also because it felt that they had offered me a one-year contract because I was Steven Gerrard and they did not want the fan's kickback. Deep inside, I thought they wanted me to go.
DM: This is how it looked. It happened with Frank Lampard in Chelsea. It happened to me in Fulham. We had the best season in the club's history and they gave me a contract. You feel it is time to leave.
I had a lump in my throat because Kenny was crying after our victory in the Champions League last year.
SG: That was the reality for me, but it still hurt. I didn't want to play for another team in this country, but I didn't want to stop playing. Would I have done things differently afterwards? Yes, because things have changed in Liverpool. If I had signed a year extension, I might have had the opportunity to play for Klopp, which would have been a different learning curve. But from a lifestyle point of view, and I was refreshing for the next challenge in my life, it was probably the right one.
DM: It was hard for Jordan Henderson to follow you as a Liverpool captain, but in the past two years I have thought "Wow". He will never be you, but he has become a great leader. I would not want to play against him. I think he is the first name in midfield England for Euro 2020.
SG: We both know that there are players who are "busy" with it every day . I appreciated Jordan's strength and fitness by training with him. Some players play for themselves, Jordan does the dirty running and struggles for second balls, 12 or 13 km Saturday and Wednesday, again and again. Teams cannot function at the Liverpool level without a cog like Jordan Henderson. He is clearly becoming a Premier League winner. I look at him and think: good for you.
He has that confidence now. He has lifted the European Cup above his head. I don't earn any credit, he did it all himself, but I remember a chat with Jordan in LA a while ago and he wasn't sure if he came or went to the club. I remember telling him not to give up Liverpool, I'll be fine. I knew what he had in it and that he would come there. You know with certain people.
DM: Where did you see the final victory of Champions League against Spurs?
SG: I went. It was the first time that I went to a final as a fan. I had done TV work during the 2018 final when they lost to Real Madrid, but I thought I would accept Liverpool's invitation this time, drink a nice glass of wine and go to Kenny [Dalglish] Rushy [Ian Rush] and all the staff would be
I had a lump in my throat because Kenny was crying next to me. I became more emotional because Kenny was crying instead of the result! It was great and there were a number of players from the end of my era. I knew the pain we had been through.
DM: You are celebrating a 40th birthday this year. Are we planning something for the big day, May 30?
SG: No mention, I see grays everywhere grays! I'll be with my family. My daughter does GCSE & # 39; s and her half-life falls exactly on my birthday. So, a real family celebration, no plans for football.
DM: I don't see many lines of concern. Must be the botox!
SG: You didn't see me a few weeks ago when we lost in Kilmarnock! I remember Rafa Benitez telling me as a manager to be a good actor. Put the face up. Sometimes you feel angry but be positive. If you are a manager, people will follow your example.
DM: Houllier went into a back room to collect his thoughts. Even if he was smoking, he would be calm for the camera.
SG: I need to get better at that.
DM: You were excited after defeating Celtic.
SG: I will never apologize for being authentic. I am passionate after a win. I don't think people from outside understand the pressure you have at the moment. I wonder if it was too much, but then I think Celtic defeated Aberdeen last weekend, and 11 players and Neil Lennon jump around and celebrate with the fans. I think it's absolutely fine.
There are still parts of me where I do things and think & I could have done something better & # 39 ;. And I don't think that will ever disappear.
DM: Self-analysis is good. For everyone. If you don't do it, you're arrogant. You are in your second season as a manager, Frank Lampard is in his second season. Funny how your careers connect so closely.
SG: I admire Frank for his bottle, which led Chelsea in the largest competition in the world during a transfer ban. I am proud of him as a former teammate.
There will of course be a comparison with me and Frank, because we were players at the time. Can we play together? Who was better? There is still an element in that, but the reality is that we are in two completely different jobs.
DM: I would like to see it become a top rivalry between managers for the next ten years 15 years.
SG: Me too. I'm sure Frank had the same thoughts. But I would also like to become a rival of Jose Mourinho. Even now I am a rival of Neil Lennon and Derek McInnes. I hope I have been involved in this game for a long time, but we have had a few bad years and I will sit next to you at Match of the Day.
DM: I said it before, I remember you dropped in team meetings in Liverpool. I can't imagine what you would think if one of your players were snoozing when you mentioned Rangers v Celtic.
SG: Let me put you there, our meetings at Liverpool could take 40 minutes. My meetings last eight to twelve minutes.
DM: However, it did not affect your performance.
SG: That's the key. If someone turns off in one of my team meetings and gets the winner against Celtic, I get a cushion for him! One thing will never change, players are still motivated by money and days off.
We had a bad training session after the players had taken a break, I threatened to limit the days off unless they stopped. The next session was the best we have ever had. It was like seeing Brazil.
DM: We cannot leave without mentioning Jurgen Klopp again. He is honest with his players. He warned them last weekend that Norwich was better than the league position suggested and that is why Liverpool respected them and won the game 1-0.
SG: He has this status. When he walks through a room, it is "Whoa". If he were your manager, you would think "I'm running here." This Liverpool team is monsters and it comes from him as soon as he arrives.
For the players, that level of respect for their manager in a modern dressing room is special. You can see that everyone is attuned, physically and mentally. Getting that from your players is a tough nut to crack. And I feel Liverpool is growing all over the world again.
Daragh Curley from County Donegal in Ireland wrote a letter to the Liverpool manager after he had caused problems with the front runners who crushed undefeated run.
He asked Klopp if he could lose Liverpool and ideally never win again.
To the surprise of Daragh, the winning champion of the Champions League replied that he could not grant his request. 006]
Speaking with Adrian Chiles on BBC Radio 5 Live on Friday, Daragh explained that his first thoughts were when opening the letter: & is someone trying to fool me?
& # 39; Then I saw the official newspaper and then I realized it wasn't a trick, it was actually Jurgen Klopp. & # 39;
When asked if the sincere message from the Liverpool manager changed his mind about the club, Daragh replied: & # 39; If they lose 5- 0 I will be a little sad, but if they lose 4-0 it will be fine. & # 39;
Klopp also replied to the letter in his press conference today, in which he praised the young fan as & # 39; brutal & # 39 ;.
He said: & # 39; I can't answer all the letters I get every day. It was fun, it was cheeky. We had time, I read the letter and answered, it was in the newspapers the next day.
& # 39; I don't like that very much, but all fine, all fine. I like to work for Liverpool and I like the rivalry, but I like it even more if we can keep it on the field. & # 39;
The Reds boss had praised Daragh & # 39; s passion in the letter and how he was a tribute to Manchester United as a supporter.
He said in his press conference: & # 39; 10 years old, cheeky, a good age, when you have to get cheeky, and it was smart too. A good idea, try it, why not.
We try to respond as much as possible, but it is not only possible. Almost all the letters are friendly, but I cannot answer them all. & # 39;
When Daragh was asked if he had anyone else in his goals, the young kid said he would write to England rugby manager Eddie Jones asking if he could lose to Ireland in the Six Nations.
His letter to Klopp reads: & # 39; Dear Jurgen Klopp, my name is Daragh. I am 10 years old. I'm going to Glenswilly N.S in Donegal. I support Man United and the reason I am writing is to complain.
Liverpool wins too many games. If you win nine more games, you have the best undefeated run in English football. Being a United fan who is very sad.
& # 39; So let them lose the next time Liverpool plays. You just have to let the other tam score. I hope I convinced you not to win the competition or to win another competition. Sincerely, Daragh. & # 39;
Daragh was stunned when he received an official reply from Klopp, who, although he politely rejected his request, also offered words of wisdom to give the young United fan hope for the future.
Klopp replied that he could not lose Liverpool out of free will, but also had the duty to make Reds fans happy all over the world, saying: unfortunately I cannot grant your request on this occasion, yet by choice.
& As much as you want to lose Liverpool, it's my job to do everything I can to help Liverpool win, because there are millions of people around the world who want this to happen, so I really don't want to disappoint them. & # 39;
Klopp also explained to the 10-year-old how dominance was not permanent and the football cycle will lead to final change.
He then said: & I can safely say that one thing that will not change is your passion for football and for your club. Manchester United is lucky to have you.
& # 39; Although our clubs are big rivals, we also share a lot of respect for each other. This is what football is all about for me. & # 39;
Jurgen Klopp reveals that he has had conversations with & # 39; surprised & # 39; Sadio Mane about his half-time substitution against Atletico Madrid … but Liverpool star retained & # 39; had no chance & # 39; to avoid a red card
- Sadio Mane was retired halfway through the defeat of Liverpool by Atletico Madrid
- Senegalese winger grabbed an early yellow card in the last-16 first legation
- Jurgen Klopp did not believe that Reds would end the game with 11 men if he was on
The Liverpool boss said on Tuesday evening that he had picked up Mane because he feared he would be sent after the Spanish team had surrounded referee Szymon Marciniak and asked for a second yellow card, after an incident before the break .
were already a goal behind when their star player was forced out, but Klopp was certain that he did not believe that Liverpool could finish the game with 11 on the field if he stopped Mane.
He said Friday: & I spoke with him this morning I asked that he was surprised and he said "yes".
& # 39; I don't think he had a chance, my honest opinion. We needed him physically, in contact with opponents.
& # 39; It is part of it, I don't like it so much, the situation that they have created with eight players around the referee
& # 39; I did not believe that we could complete the game with 11 on the field.
& # 39; But now that he is completely fine, he is well rested. & # 39;
K Lopp said after the defeat in Madrid, balancing Liverpool's Champions League hope: "Mane was clearly a target that was clear.
" Mane played a really good first half and all they wanted was to make sure he got a yellow one, said Klopp, whose party lost 1-0 to Saul Niguez's fourth minute goal.
& # 39; The plan was to get Sadio out of the game tonight & # 39 ;, the German added. & # 39; I was afraid his opponent would perish if he took a deep breath. & # 39;
Atletico Madrid plays & # 39; angry and surprised & # 39; by the accusations of Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp about playing and acting and Sadio Mane trying to get into the final-16 draw in Champions League
- Jurgen Klopp was unhappy with the approach by Atletico Madrid on Tuesday evening
- Liverpool was beaten 1-0 in the first leg of their final 16 Champions League draw
- ] Boss also accused opposition fans and over-celebrating players on full-time
Klopp was not satisfied with the approach of Diego Simeone & side in the Wanda Metropolitano on Tuesday night, and even claimed that they were trying to get Sadio Mane sent.
Andy Robertson said after the home game & # 39; began to fall & # 39; while Virgil van Dijk added: & # 39; That's the way they play, that's Spanish football & # 39 ;.
From the stars v an Atletico is said to be surprised by the complaints, and find that Klopp and Co & # 39; courteous & # 39; must be in defeat and focus on the shortcoming of his own side, according to ESPN .
Mane was withdrawn during the calm of the 1-0 defeat, thanks to an early Saul Niguez attack, and Klopp claimed that he was afraid of a red card for the Senegalese.
& # 39; It's part of football, I don't like it & # 39 ;, said Klopp. "The plan was to get Sadio out of the game with a yellow card.
" I was afraid his opponent would perish if Sadio only took a deep breath. After 30 minutes, three Atletico players were on the ground, not even injured. & # 39;
Klopp also accused the players and fans of celebrating too much after the final whistle: & # 39; She got a result, the stadium wasn't here to play sensational football see, they got the result and so they are happy.
& # 39; There are many happy faces tonight from Atletico.
& # 39; It is only 1-0, we are not 5-0 lower. We don't think it will be easy in our soil. For all Atletico fans who can get a ticket for the game, welcome to Anfield. & # 39;
& # 39; Unfortunately I cannot grant your request & # 39 ;: Jurgen Klopp & # 39; s hilarious answer of 262 words to a 10-year-old fan of Manchester United who wrote the German boss … asking if he had to make Liverpool LOSE!
- Daragh Curley wrote to Jurgen Klopp and asked him to stop winning Liverpool
- The 10-year-old does not want Liverpool to have an undefeated record settles in England
- Klopp praised Daragh for his passion and how Man Utd was lucky to have him
Liverpool fans getting ready for a big party for what probably seems to be the first top flight title on their part in 30 years.
Daragh Curley had taken against the crushing unbeaten showing of Liverpool in the Premier League this term, so he decided to do something about it. .. by writing a letter to Red's boss Jurgen Klopp asking never to win again!
& # 39; The letter read: Dear Jurgen Klopp, my name is Daragh. I am 10 years old. I'm going to Glenswilly N.S in Donegal. I support Man United and the reason I am writing is to complain.
& # 39; Liverpool wins too many games. If you win nine more games, you have the best undefeated run in English football. Being a fan of United is very sad.
& # 39; So let them lose the next time Liverpool plays. You just have to let the other tam score. I hope I convinced you not to win the competition or to win another competition. Sincerely, Daragh.
Daragh was astonished when he received an official response from Klopp, who although he politely rejected his request, also offered words of wisdom to give the young fan of United hope for the future.
Klopp replied that he cannot lose Liverpool out of free will, but also had a duty to make Reds fans happy all over the world, saying: unfortunately on this occasion I cannot grant your request, yet by choice.
& As much as you want Liverpool to lose, it's my job to do all I can to help Liverpool win, because there are millions of people around the world who want this to happen, so I really don't want to disappoint them. & # 39;
Klopp also explained to the 10-year-old how dominance was not permanent and the cycle of football will lead to ultimate change.
The Reds boss then praised his passion and how he paid tribute to Manchester United as a supporter.
& # 39; I can safely say that one thing that won't change is your passion for football and for your club. Manchester United is lucky to have you.
& # 39; Although our clubs are big rivals, we also share a lot of respect for each other. This is what football is all about for me. & # 39;
& # 39; The plan was to get Sadio out of the game & # 39 ;: Jurgen Klopp reveals that he has replaced Mane halfway to prevent him from being sent offside by Atletico Madrid players after booking the first half
The international Senegal was booked for a meeting with Atleti right back Sime Vrasjko early in the first half and found the Spanish team around referee Szymon Marciniak, asked for a second yellow card, after an incident before half time.
Mane never came out for the second half and his presence was missed when Liverpool slipped to a 1-0 defeat in the Wanda Metropolitano, putting their hopes on maintaining the Champions League remained balanced, but Klopp believes that things will be different when they meet again.
& # 39; Tonight the plan was to get Sadio out of the game. & # 39 ;, said Klopp, whose side was defeated by Saul Niguez's fourth-minute goal. & # 39; I was afraid that Sadio's opponent would perish if he took a deep breath. & # 39; Atletico & # 39; s players and fans wildly celebrated the final whistle. Diego Simeone insisted he didn't even think about what could happen in Anfield on March 12, but Klopp is determined that the match will see Liverpool in a different light.
& # 39; The intensity that we put into play, in a stadium like this, where they constantly go to the gas station, & # 39; said Klopp. & # 39; We drive with one tank. I'm not sure if Diego has seen much of the game because he was constantly animating the audience. That is exactly how it is on the other side. That is changing now.
& # 39; We have previously said about the power of Anfield and the influence that a stadium can have. We saw it tonight. If you want to play like this … the whole stadium wanted a result. It was not sensational football. They wanted a result and they got a result.
They are happy now and we are not so happy right now. Do we have to be perfect? We always try to be perfect. There are five, six, seven things that we know we can improve. & # 39;
Simeone felt the atmosphere make a difference and said: "The feeling that came from the people, the response from the people, I have rarely seen from our fans at this level." They were there the entire game. It made me put on my boots and go out into the field. & # 39;
& # 39; Liverpool goes down in history & # 39 ;: Diego Simeone admires the side of Jurgen Klopp for the Champions League clash in Madrid
- The Argentinian will be against Jurgen on Tuesday Klopp in Liverpool come to stand overnight
- Atletico Madrid side host holders Liverpool in the first leg of their final-16 draw
- Have below Klopp Liverpool sets new standards in the league
- Diego Simeone himself enjoyed success by winning the Europa League twice
The Argentinian will face Klopp on Tuesday as his Atletico Madrid side-host Liverpool holders in the first leg of their Champions-League final-16 draw in the Wanda Metropolitano.
Under Klopp, Liverpool have set new standards this season, following the European success of last year by running away with the Premier League and winning the Club World Cup.
& # 39; We have always talked about great teams all the time and I have no doubt that Liverpool will go down in history as a great team because it is different from the teams we have admired (in the past).
& # 39; This team is much more intense, more adaptable, and it makes me admire it as a rival. & # 39;
Simeone has enjoyed success, winning the Europa League twice, the La Liga title and guiding Atletico to two Champions League finals.
This season has been more of a struggle and the side is currently fourth in the league after winning only one of their last five games.
Simeone has suffered some criticism, but he insists that he will embrace it.
The 49-year-old said: & Criticism is necessary and it helps us improve. We are where we are and we have a tough opponent in front of us.
& # 39; Our stadium will help us a lot and the only thing that matters is what happens on the field.
& # 39; When the game starts, anything can happen. I see optimism and desire within the team. & # 39;
Simeone has not ruled out a comeback for former Chelsea striker Diego Costa, who has not played since November due to a hernia problem, but is back in training.
He said: & # 39; He is improving, we have talked about it, he is training with great enthusiasm and is in the group of 19 players fighting. & # 39;
There were smiles and lush compliments; there was respect and admiration, but above all there was a grim warning.
Jurgen Klopp was full of life in the Metropolitan Wanda, as you would expect given the environment. He sat in the same chair where he sat 262 days ago when he was given access to the exclusive club for winners of the Champions League but this time his enthusiasm was for Diego Simeone.
The manager of Liverpool rattled platitudes for Simeone, as if they were going out of fashion, referring to Atletico Madrid as & # 39; a result machine & # 39; and himself as & # 39; a police officer in kindergarten & # 39; in comparison with the Argentinian, who will once again sparkle like a human wheel from Catherine.
& # 39; He was eight years old and still has that emotion? & # 39; Klopp noted, with a pause for effect. & # 39; Wow! I'm only at level four … Diego is at level 12! & # 39;
But under the veneer, Klopp was deadly serious about what's in a stadium tonight that Simeone says it's & # 39; is ready to explode & # 39; with desire. Atletico poses a serious threat to Liverpool's ambitions, so much so that the German feels that his team is now back in a cord.
One of the notable statistics during the Klopp reign is that Liverpool has not lost a European knockout match – their record is a perfect 10 out of 10 in the Europa League and Champions League – but if the intensity for a second in these two matches, that number will be transferred to dust.
& # 39; If there is a team where you should always be at your very best, it's Atletico, & # 39; said Klopp, who is expected to call his strongest team. & # 39; They don't give presents. Absolutely no presents. If you work as hard as possible, you have a chance. If you don't do that, you don't even have a chance.
& # 39; That was why Atletico was often in the European final. It shows how long they were together, and now they had to change, they did that, brought great potential, some experience. I see a team playing and to me it seems like a good machine. Whatever happens, they are there.
& # 39; The moment you are not 100 percent focused, they close you off with two or three players and then counterattack. If you are not focused and focused on your own attacking game, you will not even have a shot at target because they close the center so well. & # 39;
The message was repeated by Trent Alexander-Arnold, who woke up yesterday to discover that Cafu – the Brazilian world cup winning captain who set the gold standard for the modern right back – had tipped around the Balloon d & # 39; Or win in the future.
& # 39; Just because we are two in the final, it doesn't mean we will get there this year & # 39 ;, said the English international. & # 39; This is knockout football and things can happen. But in things that we have learned, we understand what it takes.
& # 39; The experience we have gained over the past two years means that we know how to handle certain situations. If we were not 100 percent, we will be punished. We must be 100 percent, otherwise we will not be there. & # 39;
However, respect should not be confused with fear. Liverpool has been to Kiev and Madrid for a reason to challenge the final two finals, and a return to Istanbul – and the potential to retain their title – is a huge motivation for a team on their way to the domestic crown.
& # 39; I don't think they played against a team like us – and we shouldn't forget that, & # 39; Klopp said. "We combine a few things, we are not badly organized, we play football, we have different aspects of the game, our willingness to fight is exceptional.
" We do not feel like the winners of the last annual tournament , we feel like we have promised for his year, and we want to show that. We want to be in Istanbul wherever possible, and for that we know we have to take off our socks. & # 39;
It promises to be an intriguing clash between parties that were last facing each other in the Europa League semi-final in April 2010. Liverpool was then a mess of the field, torn apart by internal fighting and a team that had broken off to pay off the debts.
This group goes from strength to strength and their march surprised Simeone.
& # 39; We have always talked about great teams, & # 39; said Simeone. "I have no doubt that Liverpool is going down in history as a great team because it is different from the teams we have admired (in the past).
" He is improving even after Coutinho left. It looks like the team is breaking up, but on the contrary, the team has become even stronger. That says a lot about the footballers who are still with Liverpool. & # 39;