Jürgen Klopp is confident that Liverpool can win the title in the 2017/18 season but refuses to get too far ahead of himself.
Jürgen Klopp believes that Liverpool can win the Premier League title in the 2017/18 season – his second full campaign in charge – but the German does not wish to get too far ahead of himself before it’s even begun.
Klopp says that while Liverpool fans are perfectly entitled to dream of Premier League glory, he hopes that weight of expectation isn’t carried in his players’ “backpacks” this campaign.
“Can we win the title? I think the rules are that all teams are allowed to win the Premier League,” Klopp said speaking at a press conference in the Grand Hyatt, Hong Kong.
“So obviously it then seems to be possible. What gives me that confidence? The rules! It’s possible but that’s it. The beauty of the Premier League is that no-one knows what will happen until the end of the season so it’s possible for all of us. It’s a nice idea.”
The boss recognises, however, that saying they can win the title and actually doing it are two completely different things and that if the Reds are going to end their long league title drought, they’re going to need to work for it.
“Saying it today and carrying it in our backpacks doesn’t help that nice idea to come true. I’m really positive about next season. At the moment we just have to work, not dream. If some people want to dream then I don’t want to stop this.
“But it’s a long way to go. When Leicester became champions if you had asked them that question at this time of year I’m not sure they would have said: ‘Yes, I think we’ll be champions next season.’ But they were and that was nice.”
In the meantime, the German is hoping to use the upcoming tour of Asia to the fullest as he continues his preparations for the upcoming season.
“In the pre-season, you do things to make it more difficult than the season,” Klopp told This Is Anfield.
“During the season, you play against good teams in difficult circumstances. So hopefully, it helps!
“The camp is very intensive a day before, two days before. We train really hard. When you feel fantastic. But it isn’t likely you will be fantastic 365 days a year. So we try to learn from it. To bring out best performance on the pitch.”