After winning the glory of the UEFA Champions League in 2018/19 and then winning their first Premier League title in 2019/20, Jurgen Klopp has made a huge impact at Anfield.
However, while he remains ambitious, the 53-year-old coach told UEFA.com that his teams have never come close to footballing excellence and that he is committed to relieving the pressure on his players during this coronavirus-dominated campaign.
According to plans for the season
This is not a time, this is not a time in life, when you have to limit yourself to goals in a positive and negative sense. We just need to get through this situation. So that's it.
For the players, what we do is incredibly stressful. We are all happy and we have no alternative. It's great - like it, fantastic - but it's all on the shoulders of the players.
They have to deliver. You watch the game and if they don't play well, you still think, "This is not good!" You don’t think about what they are going through for the week, because we all have a normal life, obviously to the left and right of the games we play.
And it's almost the same for all of us, when you can't see your friends, you can't see your family and all that. Recovery isn't just about sleep, it's not just about treatment. It really gives yourself a little freedom to think about the things you want to think about, rather than what you need to think about.
At the moment, the biggest problem in the world is that we don't have enough of this time, and it keeps us on our toes. It won't help if you have to play 110% every three days at your best.
He is Diogo Hota
To be honest, I liked Diogo from the very first game I saw him playing for Wolves. So that's it. Obviously he had no idea about it, but it was always clear to me that when he was within reach I would go after him because he is very, very interesting and so far he has had an exciting career: what is he engaged where he was Based on the movements that he made, bam bam bam. I liked his discipline, plus his creativity, plus his desire. And his skills are pretty good anyway, so I got a lot of good signs before we signed him that it might work.
On achieving sports excellence
As a person, as a person, probably the first thing that I understood, which helped me a lot in life, is that I do not need to strive for perfection, because this is impossible. I haven't even tried; I just always tried to do the best of what I had, and to be honest, it never came close to perfect. It's almost the same with football. So we always try to be the best we can, but perfect ... I've never seen it and I watch a lot of football.
As long as you are not perfect, you have the opportunity to improve, which is enjoyable and gives you the incentive to overcome all the difficulties that you face during a football season, football career or life. So, I'm not a perfect expert, obviously - probably the other way around - but I still try to nudge my boys to achieve this as close as possible.
There is so much room for improvement. This is what we are working on. But while you are trying to get better, you should never forget what is already good and use it, and we do that too. So this is not an obvious thing to do every morning: "We need to get better, we need to get better." No, we know that some things are so good that sometimes it’s enough to just put them on the field all the time.