Mission accomplished! During his first press conference in 2015 Jurgen Klopp vowed to start a ‘new story’ at Liverpool built on a rock-solid defence… and his target of becoming ‘the hardest team to beat in the world’ has also come true after title win
- Liverpool have been crowned Premier League champions for the first time ever
- Jurgen Klopp spoke about restoring belief during his first press conference
- The German boss also predicted success would be built on a ‘stable defence’
- Klopp also suggested his side could become ‘the hardest to beat in the world’
- His promises have come true after Champions League and domestic success
Published: 12:16 BST, 26 June 2020 | Updated: 15:01 BST, 26 June 2020
If there was one person who always felt Liverpool would win the Premier League title under Jurgen Klopp’s guidance, it was the man himself.
But if Klopp’s very first press conference at Anfield is anything to go by, the former Borussia Dortmund boss had been expecting to win the trophy for some time.
Jurgen Klopp speaks to the media during his first press conference as Liverpool boss in 2015
Liverpool’s players celebrate after winning the Premier League title on Thursday evening
During his official unveiling on Merseyside back on October 9, 2015, Klopp made a series of comments and promises which have all since come true.
Speaking to the media after signing a three-year contract to replace Brendan Rodgers, he vowed to restore belief at the club as there was ‘too much doubt’.
Klopp also insisted that it was time to stop reflecting on the club’s trophy-laden history and instead focus on writing a ‘new story’ full of present-day success.
The ex-Mainz manager even predicted that any future glory would be built around a rock-solid defence – something he quickly put in place with the £75million signing of Virgil van Dijk in January 2018.
Joe Gomez (left) and Virgil van Dijk (right) have played a vital role in Liverpool’s recent success
Klopp is mobbed by his players as he lifts the Champions
And Klopp also suggested that his new side could even go on to become ‘the hardest team in the world to beat’ if they developed in the right way.
It would be hard to argue that any of the 53-year-old’s words have failed to come true, with the Reds now the reigning English and European champions having won the Champions League last season.
‘At this moment all the LFC family is a little bit too nervous, a little bit too pessimistic, a little bit too much in doubt,’ Klopp said during his first press conference as Liverpool manager almost five years ago.
‘They all celebrate the game and there is a fantastic atmosphere in the stadium. But they don’t believe at the moment. They only see five years ago, 10 years ago, 20 years ago.
Klopp points to the famous ‘This is Anfield’ sign during his unveiling as boss in October 2015
The German holds up a Liverpool shirt after signing a three-year contract on Merseyside
‘History is great. But only to remember. Now we have the possibility to write a new story if we want, but we have to clear a few things and maybe we can do this and be as successful as we can be.
‘I am not saying this year will be the most successful in the history of Liverpool FC. If it happens then we can celebrate it, but if not we have to work.
‘In football all the world class teams play possession football, that’s cool. I like to watch this. Bayern Munich? Great team, great club. Barcelona? Yes, Real Madrid. Maybe on some days Man City.
‘But nobody starts with the possession.
‘So the first thing always you have to have a stable defence. That’s the first thing always because you can only stay confident in a game when you know not every offensive move of the other team is a goal.
Klopp promised to restore belief at Liverpool during his very first conference as manager
‘That’s the first thing. When you start at a new club no-one starts from the top of the table. Only a few teams. You always have a little bit lower position, and our position is absolutely okay but we can start our development today.
‘If it’s possible, can we be the hardest team to beat in the world?
‘If you can try to be this it’s not such a faraway thing to maybe be a team who can win games.
‘First of all we have really to talk with all LFC fans and talk about what our expectations are, because expectations can be a real big problem. It’s like a backpack with 20 kilos more. It’s not so cool to run with this.
‘We have to think about this then we can start.’