Jurgen Klopp has lifted the lid on what gets him out of bed every day – and he insists winning trophies is not his main inspiration.
The Liverpool manager finally collected his first major honour as Reds boss back in June when his side defeated Tottenham 2-0 in the Champions League final.
Klopp’s men have since added the European Super Cup to their haul and can add the World Club Cup to their collection when they travel to Qatar in December.
However, given the choice of a European repeat or seeing the club end their long wait to become champions of England, it’s clear many would choose Premier League title glory; owner John Henry has certainly made that his priority this season.
Klopp, on the other hand, while clearly an ambitious manager, admits improving his players and winning games is what drives him, as opposed to holding aloft trophies themselves.
“Titles are and were never my motivation,” Klopp said at the International Motor Show in Frankfurt.
“I want to win every game and make my players better day by day. And then we’ll see where that leads.
“We were very close last year. You lose only one game in the whole season, and it’s not enough, in the end, that was very bitter.
“But it is also clear that with my team much is possible. And yes, the title in the Premier League would be a great endorsement for many years of hard work.”
Liverpool will look to open up a four-point lead at the top of the Premier League when they host Newcastle at Anfield on Saturday lunchtime, with Manchester City not in action until 5.30pm the same day.
Meanwhile, the president of their potential opponents at the World Club Cup has told Liverpool the prospect of facing them does not fill him with fear.
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