Jurgen Klopp had admitted his time in charge of Liverpool so far has not been great, but the German still feels positive about the future.
Klopp has won 14, drawn 10 and lost eight of his 32 games in charge of Liverpool but has the chance to lift his first piece of silverware on Sunday having led the Reds to the Capital One Cup final against Manchester City.
However, asked to assess his time in charge so far, Klopp told Sky Sports: “Not great.
“It could have been better, it could have been worse. But we feel in a good way, that’s the truth.
“We know about all our problems. We know about all our good things that we have done until now. Of course, at the end we can say it is not enough points, that’s how it is, but there are always reasons for this, that’s all we can say.
“What I recognised since I’ve been here, every one of the players is obviously keen to win titles, to win cups – it’s not possible for us this year in the league to win something so we have to be fully concentrated in this tournament. We have to handle the pressure.
“The whole situation is a challenge. Liverpool is a club with a big, big, big history and all the clubs in the world have a big history if the present is not too successful. If you have never had success then nobody knows how it is but in Liverpool everybody knows how it was. That’s part of the problem.
“There is a lot of pressure on the situation. That’s normal. The challenge is to stay cool enough to handle the pressure in the moment so that you can succeed in the future. It needs time, nobody wants to hear it but that’s the truth, if you want to have success in the future you have to be ready to work now. That’s the job.”
Klopp on cup final
Liverpool won 4-1 at Manchester City in November, and Klopp does not see any great need to change his tactical blueprint from that game.
“It was really good,” says Klopp. “It was one of our best games, for sure, but it was necessary against Man City because you can’t play at 60, 70, 80 or 90 per cent, you have to bring your best on the pitch. That’s what we did in this game.
“Usually you use the last two or three games before to analyse, but in this case when you have already played against each other you use that game too. We will do the same, but it’s different. More important is the moment. That was long ago.
“Of course, in that time the style of Man City didn’t change, they break the rhythm all the time, they play really cool and slow until they speed up and they accelerate and they have outstanding individual quality.
“You have to try to give them as many questions as possible in the game, so they cannot do what they want to do, what’s easy for them, what’s their plan. So we will be prepared, no doubt about this, and we have to show our best performance.
“It’s a final so it’s not important how good you are usually, it is only important how good you are in this game so it’s a big chance for us. It’s a chance and that’s all I need. You should not waste opportunities of winning titles and cups and I’m ready for winning something.
“I’m not the guy to sit here and say ‘for sure, we will win it’ because I know football. [But] for all the effort of our supporters – the time, money and kilometres – they put in to go to the games, it would be really nice if we could celebrate this big thing together.”