Liverpool were crowned the Champions of Europe last season after seven years without a major honour to speak of, and Jurgen Klopp doesn’t want the Reds to stop there.
We’d begun to earn the reputation of bottlers after reaching numerous finals, but walking away without any silverware, and finishing last season within touching distance of the Premier League title.
Last season was a massive success for the club – yes, Manchester City may have been the team parading around our most sought-after trophy, but Liverpool tallied up the third-highest ever points count in the league.
Early exits from the FA and League Cups were likely an aid, but that doesn’t take anything away from what we achieved.
Klopp expects a lot from his players, and he’s asked them to match the intensity shown least year again this season. “Keeping the boys together, staying on our toes, staying aggressive, greedy. Let’s go again,” he’s quoted as saying by the Mirror.
“The higher you get, the more difficult it is. But we have a lot of space for improvement. First of all we have to try to reach last season’s level again. It was a good one, that’s the first target we have.
“It’s not Playstation where you can go to the next skill or whatever! A lot of things depend on confidence, where can we get that from? So improvement?
“Being consistent again, on the highest level, would be improvement as well. In specific points we can improve for sure.”
I mean it’s not as if the boss is going to come out and say ‘oh aye, last season was boss so we’re gonna chill this year’, but it’s great to hear this war cry from Klopp.
Even if there’s no silverware, another crack at the Premier League title and Champions League would make for another entertaining campaign.