Jurgen Klopp hails “nearly perfect” Premier League season

    The Reds originated from behind to end an exceptional season with success on Tyneside.

    Jurgen Klopp saluted his “absolutely exceptional” Liverpool team after seeing the champions end a “nearly perfect” Premier League season with a club record 99 points.

    A 3-1 final day win at Newcastle made sure the Reds preserved their 18- point benefit over Manchester City and left Klopp purring over his squad.

    Asked to contemplate a season which had actually ended the club’s 30- year wait on another title, the German stated: “The football part of the year was extraordinary, definitely extraordinary, 99 points …

    ” How we think about it, it started on June 1, 2019 due to the fact that yes, that was the last game of the last season, however for us, it was basically the first game of a quite unique time, so after that the European Super Cup, the Club World Cup and now the Premier League is definitely extraordinary.

    ” Ninety-nine points after having 97 in 2015, definitely extraordinary. The young boys have actually revealed a consistency which is truly second to none, which’s what we needed to do, we understood that.

    ” After 97 points in 2015, everyone believed we were unfortunate a bit, however we appreciate the opponent (Manchester City) a lot and it was clear that if you wish to lead them, you need to be almost best and the young boys were almost best, which’s why we have 99 points.

    “That’s it. It will have a special place in my own memories.”

    Liverpool did not have things all their own way on Tyneside– undoubtedly a team including 5 changes with first- option front 3 Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Hair starting on the bench fell back to Dwight Gayle’s strike with just 24 seconds gone.

    Nevertheless, Virgil Van Dijk’s equaliser and second-half strikes from Divock Origi and substitute Hair, who curled home a dazzling 3rd at the death, secured the points.

    Klopp stated: “The entire game and perhaps this goal as well truly sums the season up, just hard, however possible, try.

    “That’s what the boys have done the whole year and what they did at this moment. It was just a brilliant piece of football.”

    Opposite number Steve Bruce headed into a welcome summer break still looking for clearness on the ongoing takeover legend– PCP Capital Partner’s Saudi-backed quote remains in the hands of the Premier League– ahead of talks on Wednesday with present owner Mike Ashley, who thanked the personnel and players in a Zoom call after the final whistle.

    Bruce stated: “We need clearness. Is it going to occur or not? How long do we desire? It is a disappointment. The club needs that clearness, everyone, so let’s hope we can get that in the next couple of days or week or whatever it might be.

    “Everybody wants the club to do well, but as I keep saying, we need clarity on the situation with the takeover and if that’s not going to happen, we need to know quickly so it can be business as usual.”

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