Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp has revealed that it is yet to really sink in for him that they are Premier League champions.
The Reds were crowned champions two weeks ago, with Manchester City’s defeat to Chelsea ensuring they couldn’t be caught at the top of the table.
It ensured a first Premier League title in the club’s history and ended a thirty-year wait for a league title at Anfield.
However, the new truncated Premier League schedule caused by the Coronavirus outbreak means there has been little time to celebrate the occasion.
And Klopp admits that means the achievement has not yet sunk in, but they have the whole of history to do that anyway.
“Honestly this (it sinking in) hasn’t really happened yet,” he told SWR.
“On the one hand it’s so big and I felt it the moment it happened, but on the other hand we want to get back to normal very fast.
“We had to play Manchester City a week later who are one of the strongest teams in the world.
“We didn’t do a bad game, but against City, it had to be almost perfect, and that was a day not get the right level so then and you say ok so this is the bottom of reality.
“Not that we were surprised that this can happen, but you have to process.
“That’s what forever that means. We have our whole lives to deal with it properly and intend to do so, but it’s better to be Champions now than never.”
Motivation is now hard to come by at Anfield, with the league title secured and Liverpool out of other competitions domestically and in Europe.
This has already been seen in some of their games since, with the defeat at City and the recent draw with Burnley drawing criticism and minor disapproval.
And Klopp admits he is determined to ensure neither he nor his players look like they are being forced to play in the Premier League, which should be considered a priority.
“It’s important that we do not look like someone who needs to be persuaded to play in the Premier League,” he added.
“This is what we like to do the most, what guys like to do the very best, and it should look like that.
“We have been playing at 110% for two and a half years now and relatively successful but that is only possible because the guys are exceptional.”