Liverpool news: Klopp ‘not good enough to prioritise trophies’ as he eyes Super Cup | Football | Sport
In the past, Liverpool’s European Super Cup successes would not have been given much consideration alongside the league titles and mainstream European trophies.
But the German is clearly hurt that having conquered the whole of Europe, the 30-year wait for a domestic league success is the gap in the trophy cabinet that still really hurts at Anfield.
So he now wants to cram the glass display case with as much silverware as he can get his hands on.
“I am not good enough to prioritise trophies,” he said pointedly at the press conference ahead of the European Super Cup clash with Chelsea. “I had to take what I could get.
“We didn’t decide last year to go for the Champions League and ignore the Premier League. We just try and win the next football game and that is difficult enough. I am not a genius so I take what I can.”
It is a sign of just how healthy a state the club is in at the moment that the focus is no longer on whether Liverpool can win a title, but how many they can get.
Even this one is their second in 10 days after they narrowly missed out on lifting the FA Community Shield at Wembley.
“It always helps winning titles,” Klopp said. “It is what everyone asks us for. We had a good game against Manchester City and gave them a proper game before losing on penalties.
“We won one competition last year, that’s all. How quickly we change our mentality over that? This team is built to be successful.
“Tomorrow is another chance for us. It was important against Manchester City we were there to win the game and there was a chance for us.
“If we had been lucky, we could have one already. We had the bigger chances, especially close to the full time whistle we had a really big one.”
Ever since Bill Shankly won the league and UEFA Cup “double” in 1973 only to point to the first one and declare it Liverpool’s “bread and butter”, the mandate was set.
Another trophy in this game can only add to Klopp’s hero worship from the Kop but it is the Premier League that will give him full legendary status.
It was put to him in his press conference that according to Jose Mourinho, this was finally Liverpool’s year.
“Jose Mourinho said that?” Klopp replied. “When? 2012? I did not hear him and it makes no sense to talk about things people are supposed to have said. If he said it, it is his opinion.
“It does not help us; it does not disturb us.”