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Jurgen Klopp loves Liverpool May’s blockbuster as they try to upset the odds and win a quadruple

Jurgen Klopp loves Liverpool May’s blockbuster as they try to upset the odds and win a quadruple

Two more weeks of the season, three trophies at stake. So much can be won but so much can be lost, you can expect the high stakes to impact Jurgen Klopp. Not even a little.

“I took two afternoon naps yesterday – two!” The Liverpool manager says proudly, as we speak at the club’s training ground. ‘It worked well. I feel really good. I can’t do it every day. I usually can never, in fact. Come on… I don’t run, I don’t fight. It’s perfect.’

Klopp ponders whether it’s possible to appreciate things when there’s so much at stake. Clearly, he is. The man sitting in front of us now is a far cry from Catherine’s human wheel that you see on the sideline, he’s calm and thoughtful and also realistic.

Jurgen Klopp insisted he enjoyed the high stakes of Liverpool’s pursuit of the treble

The Reds won the League Cup in February and are still in contention for the other three major trophies

“It’s hard, but honestly, it’s okay,” he continues. “It’s never been done before (the quadruple) so it’s like a first step on any island.” We are the first team to try – and we do. Going to all the finals and trying, chasing City, it’s a tough task but it was always clear.

“If you had said (in August) that you would be in all the finals and two days before the end we were three points behind City, I would have said: ‘Nah… I don’t see that happening’. Not all in the same season. But the boys did it and it’s really special, but us, the decisive part is coming. Now we’re going.

The fact remains that this campaign ends with the Carabao Cup as the only tangible reward for the quality of their game. Chelsea, despite all the problems they have endured, know how to cause problems for Liverpool, when everything can happen against Real Madrid in the Champions League final.

The Klopp realist also knows that overcoming a three-point, seven-goal deficit over Manchester City in two games is unlikely. So isn’t there something incongruous about a team with Liverpool’s qualities potentially not having the trinkets to match their talents.

He greets the hypothesis with another smile and one of those big laughs. There is nothing easy about what Liverpool are trying to achieve, but if Klopp had wanted a simple life he would have stayed in Germany and taken charge of his biggest club.

The Reds are in the FA Cup final against Chelsea on Saturday, the Champions League final against Real Madrid, and are still in contention in the Premier League after a fightback saw them recover from 1-0 to Aston Villa on Tuesday. to win 2-1 and go within three points of Man City

Senegal star Sadio Mane (left) scored a deft header in the second half that proved the winner

Bayern Munich have tried to sign Klopp over the years, before he coached at Anfield and – he reveals for the first time – since 2016. Bayern have won 15 major accolades in that time, but would it have brought the same thing?

‘Which club should I go to, to have a different situation?’ Klopp asks. ‘Tell me! The only thing I can do is ask Pep if he’s sick of all this winning and I’ll take over at City. Is that the idea? It wouldn’t work, I don’t want to do it.

He says that last line with a smile, because everyone knows the situation wouldn’t be possible, but the next point is serious.

“I could have gone to Bayern several times,” he says. “I could have won more titles in my life. Pretty sure I would say – good luck at least. I didn’t. I had a contract here and I never did. is totally fine. The world is not full of winners, the world is full of tries, hopefully.

“And I try and sometimes I win with other people together. I’m happy with that. I’m not always positive but give me a second and I’ll find reason to be optimistic, that’s probably true but that’s it. This club has been through incredibly difficult times and have always fought back.

Klopp said he could have moved to German giants Bayern Munich but opted to stay at Anfield

But the German loves working with Reds players and testing himself in the Premier League

“If people can’t appreciate the time we have – or the team they have – I’d be really touched by them because it’s fantastic what the boys are doing. If you saw the Aston Villa game, the situation we find ourselves in, you could write books about the resilience of these boys. 1-0 led, everything looks like: ‘Ah! This time!’

‘But no. We are three points (from City) and seven goals. We will try. We can’t do more and I can enjoy it. If people can’t, I can’t change that. People might say, “Yeah, it’s (just) the Carabao Cup!” and stuff like that. It meant everything to everyone in the stadium. That’s how we felt after winning.

Life has changed significantly for Chelsea since the team faced off in the Carabao Cup final on 28 February, with club ownership changing hands and results fluctuating; his admiration for the way Thomas Tuchel handled the situation is total, however.

“They are third, almost qualified for the Champions League, qualified for two finals – it’s a successful season,” Klopp said. “When there were difficulties, I really thought that especially Thomas – because he was very often the voice in those moments – did very well.”

His take on success will shock some who see silver as the be-all and end-all – for example, would Roman Abramovich have tolerated a campaign for Tuchel without any domestic success? – but Klopp, to go back to the beginning, does not lose sleep over those who take such a position.

Klopp takes on compatriot and Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel (right) in the FA Cup on Saturday

The duo, who managed Dortmund, also faced each other in the League Cup final

And Klopp admires the way Tuchel (right) handled the ownership situation at Stamford Bridge

“If we’re all only happy when we really win at the end, when your race ends, what would that life be?” he asks. When I say, “Enjoy the trip”, I mean it. Enjoy the journey, because there have already been so many great moments.

“If we stop now it’s not great then (it means) we didn’t win the FA Cup final and we didn’t win the Champions League final and we’re came second in the Premier League. Well let it go! Just say, “Wow! It was a trick!”

‘We only get in trouble as humans – ‘Don’t go home without a quadruple!’ for example – you will never be happy. If that’s the only way to satisfy you, it’s really difficult. If you ask me, I have to say that Chelsea are a very good team.

They are, but that won’t stop Klopp from planning their downfall. “If my players ask me later, I will say how we can beat them,” he said before leaving.

‘Both are the truth. So let’s try.

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