Liverpool’s ability to compete for both the Premier League title and the retention of their Champions League crown may be beyond Jurgen Klopp’s control, the Reds manager has admitted.
Klopp’s side came within a whisker of the league title last season, missing out to Manchester City – but made up for it by beating Tottenham Hotspur to win their sixth European Cup.
Despite the wait for a Premier League trophy on Merseyside increasing, Klopp admitted that he would not be able to decide whether to prioritise the league above their next European campaign.
“The favourite for the Premier League is pretty clear,” the Liverpool boss told reporters ahead of the Super Cup final against Chelsea – a match they qualified for by winning the Champions League last season.
“We will try to be around them and if we are around them we will beat them.
“Unfortunately, I am not good enough to decide that [if he would sacrifice the CL for the Premier League]. I have to take what I can get, so that is how it is.
“We didn’t decide last year to go for the Champions League and ignore the Premier League. We just try to win the next football game and that is tomorrow night and that is difficult enough. I am not a genius, but thankfully last year I could get something and we celebrated and now let’s carry on.”
The Super Cup clash he was previewing will be officiated by a female referee – an appointment which Klopp was pleased to see.
“Finally. I think it is time. I have had experienced of this in Germany. I’m really happy we can be part of this historical moment. It’s a smart decision to finally have a woman referee a very, very important game.”
“I’m really sure we will try to not make the game any more difficult than it will be [for the officials]. I will show my best face if possible, otherwise my mum would be angry!
“I hope it is not the last one, that is all I can say.”
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