Jurgen Klopp has spoken out after Liverpool’s Champions League triumph in Madrid and confirmed that Pep Guardiola chatted with him on the phone just after the game.
The Reds beat Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 with goals by Mo Salah and super sub Divock Origi to lift ol’ big ears for the sixth time.
The European Cup is also the first major honour in the Klopp era – we don’t do things by small measures!
The Reds will enjoy a short break, before heading to stateside for pre-season fixtures in America. However, they are not going to play MLS teams but Borussia Dortmund, Sevilla and Sporting Lisbon.
Manchester City beat Liverpool to the Premier League title this season by a single point, and manager Guardiola was in touch with our German boss not long after the final whistle had blown in Madrid.
“A second ago I spoke to Pep Guardiola on the phone. Our head physio [Lee Nobes] worked for Manchester City at the start of the year but he wanted to win the Champions League… no, it’s a joke,” Klopp told reporters – as per GOAL.
“We promised each other that we will kick each other’s butts again next season. We will go for everything and see what we get.
“Getting 97 points in the Premier League and winning the Champions League is an unbelievable long way to go and we did it. That’s incredible.
“Now we’ve won something, we will carry on. We will win things. That is big. I am really happy.”
Even though the rivalry between Liverpool and City is fresh and doesn’t have much depth yet, the battle between Pep and Klopp is certainly real.
It’s nice that they’ve got this relationship, to be honest – and it’s oddly reassuring to know that we will continue to press each-other in the coming years.
Pep is a superb manager, and despite the fact that Manchester City have cheated FFP (which will hopefully lead to punishment) you cannot deny the genius of the Spaniard or his many excellent players.
Now we’ve won the European Cup for the 6th time, all focus will be on next season’s charge for Premier League glory.
City will start as favourites, but Klopp’s Liverpool are a sensational side with world-class talent all over the field.
Alisson is a jaw-dropping keeper and in Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson, we have two of the planet’s best fullbacks.
Virgil van Dijk is the second favourite for the Ballon d’Or and Joel Matip beside him has enjoyed a phenomenal campaign.
Fabinho is a brilliant holding midfielder, and we have plenty of options in the box-to-box roles in Gini Wijnaldum, captain Jordan Henderson, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, James Milner and Naby Keita.
Then up top, Liverpool’s firepower is legendary. Mo Salah scored his 27th goal of the season last night, while Sadio Mane has 26. Roberto Firmino has a respectable 16.
Perhaps our challenge this summer is to buy another top class forward to support that trio.
We’d like the club to go for Lille’s Nicolas Pepe – the inside forward who can play on either flank.
But really, we’ll let Klopp and Michael Edwards decide who’s best. They’ve very rarely got it wrong.