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Klopp: Liverpool can still ‘improve’

Jurgen Klopp has sent an ominous warning to the rest of the Premier League by insisting his Liverpool side can still ‘improve’ in the coming seasons.

Liverpool were crowned champions of Europe for the sixth time after lifting the Champions League last season, before enjoying a record-breaking start to the new league campaign to close in on a first league title in three decades prior to the suspension of football amid the coronavirus crisis.

The UEFA Super Cup and Club World Cup were also added to the club’s trophy cabinet earlier in the campaign, though Klopp insists his side are far from the ‘finished article’ and can continue to make improvements when football returns to normality.

“We will not change, that’s the first thing, but whether we will be successful depends on what other clubs are doing as well because they have all the chance to improve things, do things better. So I have no clue what the future will hold for us,” Klopp told Sky Sports The Football Show.

“But we will not change, this team is not the finished article, and we have a lot of space for improvement, and we work on that.

“We have fresh blood internally coming through. We can improve with this team, which is great.”

The German has helped transform the Reds into one of the best club sides in world football at present, though it has been a gradual progression with a series of setbacks including defeat in the 2018 Champions League final.

Klopp admits he has been grateful to the Liverpool board for providing the patience required to revive the club’s fortunes, insisting he was wary of the pressures of delivering success when arriving in English football.

“It was really clear we needed time. It was clear we cannot fix it overnight. Everyone wanted that, but we couldn’t so I had to ask for time. I knew.

“Before that in my career I never got the sack so I had no experience with that, but I knew then it was a different level, and if I can’t deliver here quick enough, then I will get the sack.

“We got that time, and the nice thing is that after six, seven, eight games, they were really positive about the situation, they realised we were on the right path. From that moment they didn’t question it one second. They were full of faith and trust, and they said the path we will stay on, and everything will be fine.

“That’s what we did then. When we lost finals against Sevilla or City or Real Madrid, I think pundits say then if he doesn’t’ win the next one then they might change, but internally it was never somebody thinking like this.”

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