Jurgen Klopp has explained why supporters can’t get carried away with Liverpool being top of the log after just 11 games.
Liverpool have gone to the top of the Premier League table for the first time since May 2014. For some fans, it’s already time to get excited. The Reds are now seen as genuine title contenders, having only lost one of their opening 11 matches in the league, winning 8 and scoring 30 goals in the process. It’s been too long since the Reds were league winners – 26 years to be exact – but while some fans are starting to get overly excited and compare this side to the team of the 80s, Klopp isn’t having any of it.
The boss has frequently asked fans to not get carried away this season, taking it game by game and living in the moment. This is a new Liverpool team and a new era. The Klopp era. The modern era. The boss has openly stated now that he refuses to allow the Reds position at the top of the table to change their attitude or their desire to win.
“It’s a really good moment and I know that everybody compares with the past, especially at Liverpool,” he told Liverpoolfc.com. “Three years ago, 10, five, 25 years ago – but this team is new, we are new. Our story started a few months ago so you cannot compare us with anyone else. You cannot carry the history on our backs, we should feel free for creating something in the near future.
“If everybody wants to say ‘we wait now for 20-something years for silverware’ or whatever, we can say ‘OK, we tried, actually, only since a year’. So that gives us the freedom to look in the future quite optimistically.”
To sum it up, we as Liverpool fans need to ignore the past for a few minutes, live in the moment and if anything, look optimistically to the future.