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Jurgen Klopp has 'no idea' when Liverpool will win their next trophy

The Independent logo The Independent 12/10/2018 Mark Critchley
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Jürgen Klopp admits he has “no idea” when Liverpool will end their six-year wait for a trophy, though he hopes not to be remembered as a “funny” failure at Anfield.

The Liverpool manager celebrated the third anniversary of his appointment recently, having claimed upon his arrival in October 2015 that he hoped to deliver “a title” within four years.

Klopp has led Liverpool to the finals of the EFL Cup, the Europa League and the Champions League in the time since, yet suffered defeat in all three.

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This year, Liverpool are considered Manchester City’s closest challengers for the Premier League title and clear progress has been made during Klopp’s time in charge.

Klopp admits, however, that he does not know whether his hope of a trophy within four years will be realised, or when the next silverware will come.

“I have said it a few times: I have no idea when we will win something, but I’m sure this club will win something,” he told Premier League Productions.

Jurgen Klopp is keen to end Liverpool's trophy drought © Getty Images Jurgen Klopp is keen to end Liverpool's trophy drought

“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.”

Liverpool’s last trophy came under Kenny Dalglish, who won the 2012 EFL Cup on penalties against a second-tier Cardiff City. 

Dalglish’s successor Brendan Rodgers came close to ending the club’s wait for a league title in 2014, only to fall short and leave Anfield empty-handed a year later.

Klopp believes Liverpool are well placed to mount a serious title challenge again, though success will be difficult given the strength of the Premier League’s top clubs.

“If you think about it, we are maybe in the best moment for ages, but a few other clubs are the same and they made the same steps so that makes it really hard,” he said.

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“It looks like we are really on a good way and the only thing I can guarantee is that we constantly develop.

“Our little problem is many other clubs develop as well so it’s never that you improve 20 per cent and the others get 20 per cent weaker.

“They try to do the same, to reach the next level, and that’s the challenge we all face. It is interesting, but tough as well.

“As I said in my first press conference here, if anybody thinks that I can perform wonders then it could become really difficult in the future, because I can’t.”

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