Jürgen Klopp can also be “world champion” as coach. After winning the Club World Cup with Liverpool, however, the next tasks are already waiting in the Premier League.
In the confetti at Doha’s Khalifa International Stadium, Jurgen Klopp made peace with the unwelcome obligatory trip to the W’ste. “It was a wonderful night for the club,” the Liverpool manager swarmed after winning the Club Championship for the first time: “I don’t know how it felt. Now I know: it’s outstanding and sensational.”
The Reds beat Libertadores Cup winner CR Flamengo of Rio de Janeiro 1-0 (0-0) after a draw. After winning the Champions League and the UEFA Super Cup, Klopp and Liverpool celebrated their third title in an outstanding 2019 thanks to the sloping goal of ex-Hoffenheimer Roberto Firmino (99th).
“We shouldn’t be content with that,” defensive boss Virgil van Dijk said: “It was an interesting game. It was a good performance. We kept going and defended well. I’m happy with the performance.”
The gold-silver trophy in the dogs, the prestige success against the best team in S’damerica – even Klopp’s erger of the past days had disappeared a bit on Saturday night. His basic attitude to scheduling the event has not yet changed. The whole tournament came at the most unseasonable time.
Liverpool have the Championship in their sights
“If you ask me if a Club World Cup glove makes sense in the season, I say no,” Klopp said before the semi-final against CF Monterrey, and not on a side-stroke in the direction of world governing body FIFA.
Liverpool are in the offing this season. And even if winning the Club World Cup is a scathing one for the club’s letterhead, the priorities are at home. Liverpool are aiming for a successful title defence in the League. But the full attention lies in the league, in the traditional club is aiming for the first championship title since 1990.
Reds measure up to prepare quickly for Leicester
Klopp’s team are on course – and benefiting from afar on Saturday. Champions Manchester City beat Liverpool’s first Leicester City 3-1, Liverpool’s lead 10 points, and Klopp and co have now played one game less.
Klopp can take the next big step towards the championship on Boxing Day. Then the LFC takes on Leicester in the top flight. “We measure making sure that we arrive healthy at home and regenerate already in the plane. Then we prepare for Leicester,” Klopp said.