Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Klopp does not have Fergie´s eye but knows Liverpool are ´still in the right mood´

SoccerNews in English Premier League 3 Oct 2020

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Jurgen Klopp says his Liverpool team are committed to having “the best time of our lives” and so knows their hunger remains after winning the Premier League title.

Speaking to reporters ahead of visiting Aston Villa on Sunday, Klopp was asked if he had looked his players in the eye to see if they had the same desire this season as last.

Manchester United great Alex Ferguson explained in 2008 it was a process he went through with his title-winning sides at the start of the following campaign.

Klopp was amused by this suggestion but assured Liverpool – who ended a 30-year wait for the championship in 2019-20 – are determined to continue their success.

They have three wins from three in the league so far this season.

Klopp replied: “That’s what [Ferguson] always did? How many times did he win the title? Thirteen times?

“He came always back into pre-season, looked in their eyes and saw the hunger? I wish I had Alex Ferguson’s eyes, obviously.

“I didn’t check it, but we agreed a bit longer ago to make this the best time of our lives as long as we are together. That’s what we are still doing.

“I’m not in doubt about the desire and the hunger of my boys.

“It’s a little bit my job as well to keep that going and I’ve known myself long enough that I know that I can do it differently. That means we are on the safe side, I would say.

“If we don’t succeed, it won’t be because we don’t want it with all we have. There can be other teams that can be better than us – that’s football and life like this – but it’s not because of hunger or desire or greed or whatever.

“No, we are still in the right mood.”

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