'The bond we have is something I could not have envisaged'

Programme notes'The bond we have is something I could not have envisaged'

Published 7th May 2022

Jürgen Klopp says the bond he has with Liverpool's playing squad and supporters played a key role in his recent decision to sign a new contract at Anfield.

The Reds host Tottenham Hotspur in L4 this evening in Premier League action, the first home game since the boss opted to prolong his stay on Merseyside.

Klopp has used his matchday programme column to reiterate his love for the club, address fans and outline the key factors in wanting to remain in charge for the foreseeable future.

“There is no secret why,” he writes in his his notes. “We are in love with this place, and that connection is very much centred on people.

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“The players are a huge factor in this. They are just the most incredible set of boys. From the oldest to the youngest, they inspire me each and every day with their talent and application.

“As a manager or coach, you are only ever as good as your playing squad. I have been blessed in my career to have worked with some amazing teams and be part of remarkable dressing rooms; Mainz and Dortmund, but also during my earlier time here.

“This current one I would struggle to better, for sure. It’s not just that they are fantastic with a ball at their feet, or in their hands. That helps for results, yes.

“But it’s also the men they are – coming into work with them is a privilege. They are the reason we are enjoying these fantastic experiences together. I hope I have never taken them for granted and never will.

“It’s very similar with the amazing club staff we have. These are the guys who prop us up. They put us on their back and carry us when we need them to. Their contribution is off the charts.”

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Klopp adds: “Of course, I cannot understate our supporters. The bond we have here is something I could not have envisaged. It’s authentic, it’s real.

“It feels like we really appreciate each other. And that’s not specific to me – I am only a small part of it. It’s the team and the staff as a whole. We believe in each other and take energy from each other.

“As a manager you can never make promises of success, it’s not possible. It applies to the remainder of this season also.

“We don’t know what will happen with the competitions we remain active in. But you can do everything within your own capabilities to make sure we at least throw all we have at it, in each moment.”

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Published 7th May 2022