After leading Liverpool to a UEFA Champions League victory in 2018/19/#39 and subsequently their first Premier League title in a generation in the 2019/20 season, Jürgen Klopp has made a huge impact at Anfield.
However, while remaining ambitious, the 53-year-old coach tells UEFA.com' that his sides have never come close to football perfection and that he is willing to keep the pressure of his players during this coronavirus-heavy campaign.
On targets for the season
This is not a season, this is not a period in life where you have to limit yourself to positive and negative goals. We just have to get through this. That's it.
What we do for gamers is incredibly intense. We are all happy and we have no alternatives to play with. It's great – I love it, it's great – but it's all on the players' backs.
They have to deliver. You're watching the game and if they don't play well, you still get "This is not very good!" You think. You don't think about what they went through during the week because we all have normal lives, of course left and right of the games we play.
And that's pretty much the same for all of us, where you can't see friends, you can't see family, and all that. Healing isn't just sleep, it's not just a cure. It really gives yourself the freedom to think about what you want to think, not what you have to think about. In the world out there right now, the biggest problem is not having this time often enough and it's keeping us pretty nervous. Best of all, that won't help if you have a game that you'll be playing at a rate of % 110 every three days.
About Diogo Jota
Diogo, to be honest, I've loved him since the first game I saw him play for Wolves. That's it. He obviously had no idea about it, but it was always clear to me, I'll go to him when he can get to it because he's had a very, very interesting and exciting career so far: what he's done, where he's come from, from moves, bam bam bam. I liked the discipline he showed, the creativity he showed and the desire he showed. And his skills are already pretty good, so I got a lot of good marks before I signed him up that it would work.
On achieving sporting excellence
The first thing I realized as a human being, as a human being, has helped me a lot in my life, that I don't have to go to perfection because that is not possible. I didn't even try; Honestly, I've always tried to make the best of what I have and it has never gone anywhere near perfection. It's pretty much the same in football. I mean, we're always trying to be the best we can be, but perfection... I've never seen that and I watch a lot of football.
As long as you're not perfect, you have room to improve, it's beautiful and gives you the impulse to tackle all the different challenges you face in a football season, a football career or life. I mean, I'm no expert on perfection, of course - probably the opposite - but I still try to force my kids to get as close to it as possible.
There's a lot of room for improvement. This is what we're working on. But when trying to improve yourself, you should never forget and use what is good, and that's what we do. Therefore, it is not an obvious thing to do every morning: "We have to be better, we have to be better." No, we know that some things are so good that sometimes it's enough to field them consistently.