Jurgen Klopp believes that Arsenal are evidence of the fact that success can still be “disappointing” in football.
Liverpool manager Klopp will embark on his first full season at Anfield this campaign, having taking over from the sacked Brendan Rodgers last October.
Their first game is a tough assignment away at Arsenal, who have finished above them in all but one of the past seven seasons.
But the German says that even though Arsene Wenger has proven adept at guiding the Gunners to the Champions League spots each year, they are proof that disappointment and success are not exclusive.
“If I said today that the only position which could make me happy at the end of the season is first place that would be silly because there are a lot of challengers,” Klopp said.
“I really want to look back after the season and be really satisfied. At this stage I don’t have any idea what that could mean.
“It’s clear that winning every game would make me satisfied but if we did that I’d be too drunk to look back!
“Finishing above Arsenal would be great but where that means we finish I have no idea because there are a lot of other teams who could be up there.
“Arsenal are always in the Champions League. But in the Champions League they don’t go far enough and they haven’t won the league for a number of years, so even with success you can be disappointed.”