Liverpool boss Klopp makes Bill Shankly claim over top four

Date published: Sunday 4th February 2018 12:26 - Oli Fisher

Jurgen Klopp has insisted that Liverpool legend Bill Shankly would approve of the club’s current position.

The Reds currently sit third in the Premier League table with 50 points from 25 games, and host Spurs on Sunday in a game crucial for both sides’ top four aspirations.

Shankly, who won three League Championships, two FA Cups and a UEFA Cup, famously declared: “Liverpool Football Club exists to win trophies.”

Klopp however believes that it is impossible to compare that era at the club to the current one.

The German stated: “Did Bill Shankly say what he did after one day? Did he say it after one year? Or did he say it when he was in the middle of his fantastic success?

“I am sure he didn’t say it after one day or one year.

“The team he had and the fantastic success was when you had a team that stayed together and got better together.

“There were seasons when you only needed 12 players in your squad. That’s a good situation, a fantastic manager, outstanding club, football crazy city – just go.

“We cannot compare those times with these times.

“If you could bring Bill Shankly back into the club now and ask him ‘are you happy with fourth?’ because he was a fantastic football manager he would have seen that this is the only way we can go.

“You need to do what we are doing to be in a position to win something one day. To just want it more desperately than other clubs doesn’t make it more likely to happen. That’s how it is.

“You need to do all your homework and when the time comes, you have to catch it.

“Bill would have seen that 100% – but unfortunately I never got to know him as a person and that’s really a shame because we are doing the same job.”


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