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Jürgen Klopp: I will be judged by God not by trophies at Liverpool

The Guardian logo The Guardian 15/03/2019 Andy Hunter

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Jürgen Klopp has said he is only interested in being judged by God and not by the trophies he wins as Liverpool manager.

Liverpool remain in pursuit of the Premier League title and the Champions League, where they face Porto in the quarter-finals, as they look to land the first trophy of Klopp’s tenure. The manager said Wednesday’s last-16 victory at Bayern Munich had put the club back on the map of world football and that being part of that rise, not personal glory, was the only job satisfaction he needed. Klopp dismissed the idea that his reign will be judged on trophies alone.

“You can’t imagine how less I’m interested in that,” he said on Friday. “I never thought about myself in that way. My job is to do everything I can to help the team be as successful as possible. I’m not searching to be remembered in 50 years or whatever. For me it’s no pressure, only opportunity. I love what I do, I think I have a fantastic team out there, and that’s all that I need to be a happy person.

“I respect a lot the desire of all the people and the players, and I can be really part of that, I can be part of that dream. But it’s not for me at the end, it’s for the people. I am not interested in who judges me. God judges me one day and that is the only thing I am interested in. What other people say about me I couldn’t be less interested.”

Klopp views the Bayern victory as “a big step” in the development of his team, despite having reached the Champions League final last season.

Klopp, whose side travel to Fulham on Sunday, added: “I was happy when I saw and heard the dressing room after the [Bayern] game that the boys were happy. It was a big one for all of us. We were always focused and we will stay focused – that’s all that I will say. It’s not that we were surprised about ourselves that we can beat Bayern. About how we did it I’m not surprised, but I’m really happy that we could prove something like that.

“Now, let’s be completely concentrated on Fulham and don’t think about what happens afterwards or whatever. Just play that game and stay in the same mood like we always were: confident but greedy, aggressive, direct, all what you need in a football game. Stay in that mood and everything will be fine.”

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