Jurgen Klopp says that managing Liverpool is proving to be a big challenge, but the manager insists that the squad feels in a good way.
Klopp has only been in charge at Anfield for four months, and has seen magnificent away victories accompanied by disappointing results at home. On Sunday he has the chance to do what predecessor Brendan Rodgers couldn’t by lifting a trophy.
In an exclusive interview with Sky Sports, Klopp says that Liverpool’s history adds pressure upon his job. The challenge, he says, is to stay cool under that pressure.
“Not great,” Klopp said when asked how he assessed his early months in charge. “It could have been better, it could have been worse. But we feel in a good way, that’s the truth.
“We know about all our problems. We know about all our good things that we have done until now. Of course, at the end we can say it is not enough points, that’s how it is, but there are always reasons for this, that’s all we can say.
“What I recognised since I’ve been here, every one of the players is obviously keen to win titles, to win cups – it’s not possible for us this year in the league to win something so we have to be fully concentrated in this tournament. We have to handle the pressure.
“The whole situation is a challenge. Liverpool is a club with a big, big, big history and all the clubs in the world have a big history if the present is not too successful. If you have never had success then nobody knows how it is but in Liverpool everybody knows how it was. That’s part of the problem.
“There is a lot of pressure on the situation. That’s normal. The challenge is to stay cool enough to handle the pressure in the moment so that you can succeed in the future. It needs time, nobody wants to hear it but that’s the truth, if you want to have success in the future you have to be ready to work now. That’s the job.”
When asked about the League Cup final itself, Klopp proved himself fully aware of just how much winning a trophy means to Liverpool and the supporters.
“It’s a final so it’s not important how good you are usually, it is only important how good you are in this game so it’s a big chance for us. It’s a chance and that’s all I need. You should not waste opportunities of winning titles and cups and I’m ready for winning something.
“I’m not the guy to sit here and say ‘for sure, we will win it’ because I know football. [But] for all the effort of our supporters – the time, money and kilometres – they put in to go to the games, it would be really nice if we could celebrate this big thing together.”