Klopp vows after Champions League victory – We’ll “go for everything” next season
Liverpool’s Champions League victory left Jurgen Klopp asking for more after eventually getting his hands on a silverware after six trial and then receiving a call from Premier League adversary Pep Guardiola.
Klopp’s new killer striker, Divock Origi was again on it, with Mohamed Salah’s spot-kick helping the Reds to be crowned champions of Europe for the sixth time.
The 2-0 win against Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham saw Klopp end his cup final hoodoo and finally lift a trophy.
City manager Pep Guardiola was one of the first on the phone after the match.
“A second ago I had Pep Guardiola on the phone,” Klopp said.
“Our head physio [Lee Nobes] worked for Man City at the beginning of the season, but he wanted to win the Champions…no, it’s a joke.
“And we promised each other already that we will kick [each other’s] butts next year again.
“We will go for everything and let’s see if we get something.”
Unexpectedly, the Liverpool manger was calm in the post-match press conference although he had ended a run of losing six straight cup finals.
“I only want to enjoy that we won it,” he said.
“All the rest is not important.
“It’s for all the people around the world, in the stadium. They are with us and they are now celebrating like crazy and we will have this tomorrow in Liverpool and we will celebrate together [at the parade].
“We will have a sensational night. I feel mostly relieved, to be honest.
“Relieved for my family because they are pretty close to me, as you can imagine.
“Six times we always flew on holiday with a silver medal. That doesn’t feel too cool.
“And this is completely different, so this is for them as well.
“It’s for our supporters, of course, but also our owners as well because they never put real pressure on us.
“They appreciate the development; they see the steps we make. It’s for them as well. It’s great.
“For the players, we were all pretty much crying on the pitch because it was so emotional, it was so big.
“It meant so much to us but I should have probably said, first of all, I know how Tottenham feels better than anybody else in the world.
“They played a sensational season as well and they would have deserved it as well.
“But tonight we scored goals in the right moment, but I told Poch directly after the game that he should be really proud of what they did this year as well.”
England and Liverpool captain, Jordan Henderson and fellow Country man, James Milner were specifically singled out for praise by klopp after their Champions League victory.
“It feels really good, but I am much calmer than I thought I would be when it finally happened,” Klopp said with a smile.
“It was not important really to touch the cup or whatever. I love the pictures when the boys held it aloft.
“I saw a few faces in the stands. That is what gave me everything I need.
“But tomorrow, going to Liverpool and having something to celebrate is big and I am really looking forward to that