Jurgen Klopp reckons next season will be ‘especially difficult’ as Liverpool rounded off their season in style with a 3-1 win over Newcastle United at St James’ Park.
While it was a game that had nothing of note riding on it, Newcastle got themselves off to a rapid start against the champions, Jonjo Shelvey scooping a quickly taken free-kick over the Liverpool defence for Dwight Gayle, who opened the scoring inside 25 seconds following an early Virgil Van Dijk foul.
However, Liverpool managed to get themselves back on level-terms before the break, Oxlade-Chamberlain’s fizzing cross into the area finding the advanced Van Dijk, who rose high before sending a looping header past Dubravka in the 38th minute.
Just before the hour mark, and Jürgen Klopp’s side were ahead, Divock Origi drilling the ball home from 20 yards, before Sadio Mane wrapped up the scoring with a minute to play, capping a sensational campaign for the Reds, who finished the season with 99 points, their total second only to Man City’s title-winning campaign of two years ago.
Speaking aftwerwards, Jurgen Klopp admitted it had been a mixed performance from his side, before outlining why next season is set to be even more difficult.
“The boys played an incredible game, not a perfect game. Like you say in this country a dead rubber,” Klopp told the BBC.
“I didn’t like the goal we conceded but it helped to make clear [what they faced]. We made so many changes after a long time of playing with similar line-ups. It’s not fair on their judgement because they need to get used to their game.
“We really worked in the game and got better and better and better even before the changes. But the changes helped massively. I liked the game. It’s far away from being perfect but over the season we did not just win games when everything was perfect, we won a lot of difficult games too.
“I’m not going to the office for a while. I will be together with my family, that’s all I need. Two weeks and a couple of days and we start again. It will be especially difficult next season – four weeks shorter [break]. We will use that and go again.”
Liverpool’s defence of their Premier League crown is set to get underway in less than seven weeks, the new season set to kick off on September 12th.