Former player warns Liverpool over title heartbreak; wants ‘legacy’

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Former goalkeeper Sander Westerveld wants to see Liverpool build a “legacy” under Jurgen Klopp this season.

Capped six times by the Netherlands, Westerveld went on to win the FA Cup, League Cup, UEFA Cup, a Charity Shield and UEFA Super Cup during his time at Liverpool.

Liverpool have been brilliant under Klopp over the past couple of seasons, winning the Champions League in 2019 before lifting the Premier League in front of no fans last term.

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And Westerveld has urged Liverpool to win the title again this campaign so they can hopefully celebrate in front of their fans properly.

Speaking to the Blood Red podcast, Westerveld said: “The best thing about Liverpool is that it is difficult to make history. You can win a league or you can win the Champions League – but we won six, and 19 leagues.

“We made history, winning five trophies in one calendar year and that makes me so proud, but it is so difficult now that finally you win the title and you are not able to celebrate it with the fans and show the fans the trophy.

“Maybe it is too much to say ‘heartbreaking’ but it is not the same. Klopp says that in the season when it is possible we will [have a parade], and hopefully the players have the same feeling.

“Sharing that moment with the fans is just the most important and I was so heartbroken when you see the cup at Anfield and you can’t share it with a full stadium.

“Look at the images from Madrid with the fans – those are the moments you never win in your life. I had a video recorder with me on the bus [in 2001] and I still watch the video sometimes. You cannot explain the feeling you have as players.

“You can see on the faces on all the people – that is why we play football. You can talk about the money, but to make the fans happy after so long was what made the people cry.

“There was so much happiness – it was the best feeling of my life. Some of the players had the luck of winning the Champions League and it was an even bigger parade but that was the best moment of my football life.

“Hopefully they win the league this year with fans and they can make up for that because as a football player, especially for me, I play for legacy and for the people and for myself and the feeling of winning. When you look back at your career, you look back at the legacy and the trophy that you left behind and making history.”