Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp wants his entire squad to share in their title-winning achievement and for “every player” to receive a Premier League winners’ medal.
The Reds are riding a crest of a wave after securing a first domestic league title in 30 years. Klopp, however, had to snipe back at some criticism following Thursday’s 4-0 trouncing at Man City.
The return of the top-flight title to Anfield is an historic moment and Klopp is determined no-one should miss out.
Rules state Liverpool will receive 40 medals from the Premier League. The only stipulation being that every player who has featured in five matches must receive one.
There are currently 21 players who are guaranteed to be on that list. Youngsters Harvey Elliott, Curtis Jones and Neco Williams (all two appearances) are next in line.
Who receives the rest of the medals is at the club’s discretion. However, with a significant backroom staff Klopp wants everyone to be able to share the prize.
That includes the likes of fourth-choice goalkeeper Andy Lonergan who has been an unused substitute in one Premier League game.
“If people don’t understand how important the squad is to win the championship then I can’t help them to be honest,” Klopp said.
“Even if you have zero games you should win a medal, if you are part of the squad you should get a medal.
“If you are the second goalie and you have less games you should have a medal. You train five million times over a year and if you don’t (all) train at the highest level then you have no chance to win the championship (as a squad).
“These boys will get a medal 100 per cent – I will produce it myself, eh? One hundred per cent they can have my medal.
“They deserve a medal and they will get a medal, if not from the Premier League then me.”
Klopp lays down big marker on Mane, Salah futures
Two men who will comfortably qualify for a medal are Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane.
The pair, on 17 and 15 goals each, are two of the first names on the Liverpool teamsheet.
The pair are regularly linked with transfers to Real Madrid on the back of their success.
But Klopp insists neither Salah and Sadio Mane have any desire to quit Liverpool.
“Tell me a better challenge than being successful with Liverpool FC?” Klopp said.
Klopp believes that clubs such as Madrid, Barca, Bayern and Juventus are already the dominant forces in their respective countries. But he hopes Liverpool’s success is only just beginning after 30 years without a domestic league title.
“There are a lot of big clubs, but if you go to Madrid or Barcelona, you win the league six or seven times in 15 years,” said Klopp.
“Bayern win it nine times and Juventus is similar. These are great achievements but what is really interesting is to make an impact here.
“We try everything to be a really exciting club and to make a really exciting story that everyone wants to be a part of.
“The plan is for the players to look back and say … one of the most important days of my life was the day I signed for Liverpool.”