Of the many exhilarating Premier League title battles down the years, it’s fair to say Liverpool and Manchester City served up one of the best for a while last season.
The Reds were superb throughout the campaign, with a summer of massive spending, coupled with Virgil van Dijk’s arrival in January, transforming them into serious title contenders and challengers to Manchester City’s dominance under Pep Guardiola.
They ultimately finished second behind City, who won the title by a point after a stunning run of form saw them win 14 straight games from February until the end of the season.
Liverpool were naturally disappointed, especially considering their tally of 97 points would have won them the title in 25 of the previous Premier League campaigns.
That’s something Jurgen Klopp admits left him and his team with a bitter taste in their mouths, even though titles were not his sole aim in the first place.
“Titles are and were never my motivation,” SportBild report him saying.
“I want to win every game and make my players better day by day. And then we’ll see where that leads.
“We were very close last year. You lose only one game in the whole season, and it’s not enough, in the end, that was very bitter.
“But it is also clear that with my team much is possible. And yes, the title in the Premier League would be a great endorsement for many years of hard work.”