Kloop under pressure to deliver
LONDON. — Jurgen Klopp admits he is under pressure to win silverware for English Premiership soccer giants Liverpool after splashing the cash this summer.
Klopp has spent £175 million on new talent ahead of his third full season in charge at Anfield, shelling out a world-record £65m on goalkeeper Alisson, along with big-money deals for midfielders Fabinho and Naby Keita and Xherdan Shaqiri in a busy transfer window.
Liverpool finished 25 points behind champions Manchester City last season but came tantalisingly close to winning the Champions League, losing to Real Madrid in the final.
Klopp knows close is no longer good enough for a team without a trophy since winning the League Cup in 2012.
“We expect more from ourselves,” he said. “We will go again for the championship and each kind of cup but that does not mean I can sit here and say we will get it.
“We have the highest ambitions, 100 per cent. It is the next step. We need to be ready for that. I cannot give guarantees here but I understand if people think that. I know about the expectations and that is completely normal.
“First of all we have to play the football that gives us an opportunity to win something. I am confident we can build on last season. It’s not that we lost things completely but you have to work on it to get it back.
“I am not in doubt about our basis or that we will reach it again. I want to have the best start ever but we all know that something can happen and then everything is questioned in a second. — The Daily Express.