Jurgen Klopp jokes about smart move to quit Liverpool during summer
Jurgen Klopp has joked that he would have been a “really smart person” if he left Liverpool on a high after their Premier League triumph last season.
The Reds have enjoyed great success under Klopp since he arrived at Anfield in 2015, first getting their hands on the Champions League in the 2018/19 campaign after somehow missing out on the title with an astonishing return of 97 points.
They only had to wait another year to become champions, nevertheless, having romped home to Premier League glory last season with a record seven games still to play.
Klopp is now plotting a successful defence of their crown in the 2020/21 season, but he has joked that it may have been a smart move to have signed out on a high in the summer.
The German told BT Sport: “If I would have been a really smart person I would have left in the summer. It would have been really positive what people would have said, but unfortunately I’m not that smart.
“I don’t know, it’s really not about me. When I used that phrase [it doesn’t matter what people say about you when you arrive, but what they say when you leave] it was specifically about the Dortmund farewell because people were positive when I arrived there and they were positive when I left there in the right manner.
“So that’s all good and if that happens, whenever it will be, I will be fine with that. What we can win between now and then, I have no idea, but I can promise we will try everything.”
Liverpool are gearing up for a clash with Ajax in the Champions League this evening, with Klopp’s side travelling to Amsterdam for a showdown with the Dutch champions.
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They head into the match without star defender Virgil van Dijk available, however, after the Dutchman sustained a potentially season-ending ACL injury away at Everton over the weekend.
Watch Ajax vs Liverpool exclusively live on BT Sport 2 from 7pm tonight. For more information on BT Sport, go to btsport.com
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