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Klopp: Liverpool’s season is a success – even without a trophy

By Chris Smith

Published: 17:01, 6 May 2019

Jurgen Klopp believes Liverpool’s season has been “very successful”, even if it ends without a trophy.

The Reds are currently two points clear of Manchester City – who have a game in hand – at the top of the Premier League table but trail Barcelona 3-0 after the first leg of their Champions League semi-final.

Is a trophyless season success for Liverpool? Five key things to know…

  1. Liverpool are top of the Premier League on 94 points, two clear of Manchester City.
  2. Pep Guardiola’s side can go back to the summit with a win over Leicester on Monday.
  3. The Reds also find themselves 3-0 down after the first leg of their UCL semi-final against Barcelona.
  4. Liverpool are without a league title since 1990 and a trophy of any sort since 2012.
  5. But Klopp believes their exploits this term represent success, regardless of any lack of silverware.

Klopp’s side have already reached 94 points this term but a first league title since 1990 still seems unlikely given City’s recent form, while a first trophy since the 2012 League Cup seems like an equally distant prospect given their hammering at the Nou Camp last week.

But the German insists their season will still be a success, regardless of whether it ends with another empty trophy cabinet.

“A lot of supporters from other clubs will be happy if we fail. They’re still behind us [in the table], apart from Man City. It’s all okay, really,” Klopp told reporters.

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“At the very beginning when I came to Liverpool, I realised this club has to do it the hard way, so we’ll do it the hard way. That’s how it is, because luck is not constantly with us.

“It’s not like, ‘wow, again!’ We have to really work for it and the boys are ready and the whole club is ready for that. I was not sure against Newcastle if we could do it, but we did it. I’m absolutely proud.

“Whatever happens, it will be a very, very successful season and I’m pretty sure that all our supporters can see it like this.”

Klopp confirms Salah and Firmino ruled out of UCL clash

Star forward Mohamed Salah departed Liverpool’s 3-2 win over Newcastle on Saturday with a head injury sustained in a clash with Magpies goalkeeper Martin Dubravka.

And Klopp has confirmed that he, along with Roberto Firmino – who has struggled with an ankle injury, will miss the second leg of their Champions League semi-final clash with Barcelona, although Salah should be back for the final Premier League game of the season against Wolves.

“Both Mo and Roberto are not available,” Klopp told reporters when asked about the availability of his key forwards.

And on Salah’s condition, he then added: “It’s concussion so he wouldn’t be allowed to play. We cannot do it.

“He feels OK, but it is not good enough from a medical point of view. That’s all. He’s desperate, everything, but we cannot do it.”