Klopp right to forget Champions League glory

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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has firmly put last season's Champions League success behind him.

Jurgen Klopp reacted with bemusement when he was asked why Liverpool didn't parade the European Cup before Friday's Premier League victory over Norwich City.

Klopp’s side kicked off their new Premier League campaign with a comfortable 4-1 win over the newly-promoted Canaries at Anfield in what was their first competitive game since winning the Champions League in early June.

The 2-0 victory over Tottenham in Madrid earned the club their sixth European Cup and the wild celebrations in the Spanish capital afterwards proved how much it meant to the players, fans and Klopp himself. A jubilant carnival atmosphere then greeted the Liverpool stars and staff when they embarked on an open-top bus tour around the city a couple of days later.

Klopp clearly enjoyed the moment but has now moved on, with the focus firmly being on the new season as they hope to mount another title challenge. Some fans may have expected the famous European trophy to be paraded around Anfield before Friday’s game but the boss said afterwards it never struck him to showcase the silverware publicly and he made no apologies for not bringing the cup out to show off before kick-off.

When asked why there was no pre-match parade, he said: “Nobody told me I had to. I touched the European Cup on the match day and the day after, and since then, no.

“I didn’t have a reason to. I know how it feels, and people know how it looks. If somebody expected (something before kick-off) they should have told me, and I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t have done it because we are now in the new season.”

The final words of that sentence tell you all you need to know about the Reds boss’ mindset. Klopp is solely focused on now trying to build on the achievement of winning the club’s sixth European Cup and has all of his attention on trying to win what has proved to be an extremely elusive 19th top-flight league title on Merseyside and Liverpool’s first since 1990.

It’s been a somewhat tricky summer with some lacklustre performances in pre-season and no major new signings at all but last term’s runners-up looked in decent shape when easily seeing off Norwich to suggest it can be another exciting season for the Liverpool fans.

Behind the scenes, Klopp is well known for enjoying a party and he can let his hair down with his players when the time is right. However, with the margin for error likely to be as slim as last season as they are expected to go toe-to-toe with title rivals Manchester City again in 2019-20, the last thing the Liverpool manager wants is any sort of hangover from last season.

 

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