Jurgen Klopp Wants Liverpool Trophies, Not to Be Remembered as 'Funny' Manager

Christopher Simpson@@CJSimpsonBRFeatured ColumnistOctober 12, 2018

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is confident he can deliver trophies at Anfield and does not want his time at the club just to be remembered for being "funny." 

Klopp took charge of the Reds in 2015 and has taken the club to the UEFA Europa League and UEFA Champions League finals, but failed to guide the team to victory on either occasion.

The German is adamant silverware is on its way back to Anfield, though. He told Premier League Productions (h/t Carl Markham of the Press Association, via MailOnline):

"I'm sure this club will win something. I don't know when so let's have the best times of our lives until then.

"Let's enjoy the world, let's enjoy the football, let's enjoy the journey and it's what we did so far—it was a good time.

"Nobody wants to look back in 10 or 20 years and say: 'So the best time we had without winning anything was when Klopp was here. It was so funny and all that stuff.'

"That's not really something you want to achieve, we still have time to do something special and we know that to underline the development and progress, we have to do it."

Klopp's Liverpool also lost the League Cup final to Manchester City in 2016. A victory in that competition in 2012 under Kenny Dalglish is the only honour they've won since 2006.

While the paucity of silverware is a far cry from the Reds' heyday as the most successful club in England, they have come a long way since Klopp took charge.

The German has imparted his high-intensity attacking style onto the team and, in return, they have become one of the most exciting outfits in the Premier League, scoring over 100 goals in all competitions last season.

Grup 14's Rafael Hernandez believes that despite the lack of trophies, Klopp has given Liverpool fans plenty to enjoy:

This season, Liverpool have so far shown themselves to be the team most capable of challenging defending champions Manchester City in the title race.

Football writer Leanne Prescott praised them after their 0-0 draw with City:

Silverware is very important, particularly to clubs of Liverpool's stature and ambition, but there's a lot to be said for delivering entertaining football that fans will enjoy.

It's understandable Klopp wants to ensure that he delivers the former during his time at Anfield—and in the eyes of many he'll need to if it's ultimately to be deemed a successbut on the latter front he is already succeeding.

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