Klopp says he would have been "really smart" to leave Liverpool in the summer

Jurgen Klopp has joked that if he was "a really smart person" then he would have left Liverpool in the summer.

Back then the German had just become the first manager to lead the Reds to a top-flight league title in 30 years, one year on from lifting the Champions League trophy in Madrid.

In terms of managerial stock then it is hard to think of a time when any of the game's great bosses would have been held in higher regard by their club's fans, and Klopp says that if he was 'smart' and only interested in his managerial legacy – something he discussed when in charge of Borussia Dortmund – then he should probably have walked away with his head held high.

“If I would have been a really smart person I would have left in the summer," said a laughing Klopp in an interview to be broadcast by BT Sport ahead of their coverage of the Reds' Champions League clash at Ajax on Wednesday evening.

"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.”

Klopp's job has become harder with Virgil van Dijk being ruled out for potentially the whole season with an ACL injury, but he says his team will do their best to fight back.

“After the Arsenal game some pundits said we will run away with it [the league] and stuff like this. A week later we lost against Aston Villa pretty heavily and we were the worst defending team in the world," he said.

“After the international break, in the next game we lose VVD, so what people will make of it – I don’t know. But we will deal with it, that’s the plan, that’s what we do. Difficult situations can always bring you closer together which is difficult for this team because we are already really close together and we strike back, with football.

“Our weapon was always football and will always be football and that’s what we’ll try to use and see where it leads us to.”

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