Jurgen Klopp has passionately committed his future to Liverpool in the aftermath of Sunday’s heartbreaking League Cup Final defeat.
The German’s side lost on penalties at Wembley to Manchester City, the same side Liverpool welcome at Anfield this evening in the Premier League.
The match is huge for City, outsiders for the title, and for us – as a defeat will categorically end our very slim chances of mounting a top four challenge.
“I am 100% excited about the challenge,” Klopp told the Echo.
“It gets better and better by the day. Why? Because I know more.
“You can watch my story. I said there are a lot of people smarter than I am. I am not the cleverest but I love the challenge.
“When I was younger I thought I had no chance to be part of professional football. I wanted to study medicine. I wanted to help people.
“I like to change things and help if it’s possible. It’s a hard way to go.
“I don’t know what other names FSG would have taken but I think I am a really perfect solution. I like this.
“I am patient enough to work for the moment and then we can change things.
“On Sunday with a bit of luck we could have won this game. If Divock Origi makes that header it’s 2-1 and then we’re stood here and you are asking a different question.
“It’s the same situation, just without a bit of silverware in our hands. To become successful in the future we need to learn a lot of things. The first thing is that you really need to work to go there.
“We can’t be successful just because of the history of the club or the name of the manager or the names of the players.
“The way we play football is influenced by a few things – how we train and which players we have. We have to change a lot of things to be successful.
“It’s not possible in this world of football to be successful in England five or six years in a row. Nobody can win the league five or six years in a row because the financial potential of all the teams is too big.
“But always to be a part of this and to be a challenger is possible. That’s what we have to be in the future. To do that we have to make decisions.
“I feel absolutely perfect here. Not because I lost a final but because I know everyone here is working so hard.
“They need a bit of a help. And they need a hand to handle the pressure from the outside. Maybe there is pressure from the Press and the public but I can handle that.
“I’m only interested in Liverpool FC.”
As much as Klopp is enjoying his tenure at Liverpool, the fans are enjoying having him just as much.
It wasn’t to be on Sunday, but the fact Klopp got us to Wembley with Brendan Rodgers’ team is very encouraging, and we’re sure that won’t be the last time we see him at Wembley.
Once Klopp stamps his own mark on the team we can properly judge him, and according to widespread reports, such as this one in the Guardian, he’ll be actively backed this coming summer to make that happen.
World Cup winner Mario Götze, Udinese midfielder Piotr Zielinski and Leicester City’s young left-back Ben Chilwell are all named as key summer targets by that report, and it would be jaw-droppingly exciting if we managed to secure the first man in that list.