Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has admitted he is “greedy for success” as the German boss targets Capital One Cup final glory.
Liverpool’s new manager will have a chance to lift his first trophy quicker than any other manager in the club’s colourful 124-year history if his boys beat Manchester City at Wembley on Sunday.
It’s only less than five months have passed since he replaced Brendan Rodgers and now the former Borussia Dortmund manager is on the brink of ending Liverpool’s four-year wait for silverware. Klopp knows it well that victory in the capital One Cup would also strengthen his mission to turn “doubters into believers”.
“I am long enough in the business to know I am greedy for success,” Klopp revealed.
“For sure we will go to the final and try and achieve this. It is more important for the club, the crowd and the players.
“Lot of managers work their whole life and never get the chance to win trophies. After a short time, we have that chance.
“Of course, I would enjoy it with all I have. Everybody will give they’re all.
“Clubs with a big history like Liverpool, it is always the same problem if they are not successful in the present. With the right decisions and then the right patience you can get back on track.
“With all the big clubs around with a lot of money, we should not go the same way, we have to go our way, how Liverpool always did.
“This win would help. It would help to win the Capital One Cup but it is not the only possibility for everyone to believe in this way.”
Even Kop legend Steven Gerrard thinks the presence of a “winner” like Jurgen Klopp can make all the difference tomorrow.
This is the man who guided Mainz into Germany’s top-flight for the first time in their history and then from nowhere transformed Borussia Dortmund into one of the most exciting sides in European football.
He has delivered the ultimate prizes with back-to-back Bundesliga titles and Dortmund’s first ever league and cup double, along with a Champions League final appearance. Now he has set his goal to transform Liverpool’s fortunes.
It has been certainly an arduous, educational start at times as seven victories from 18 Premier League matches and shocking defeats at Newcastle United, West Ham United and Watford testify Klopp’s journey. Faith in him has not been dented although. No one even dreamt of an immediate transformation but the Capital One Cup final now offers a chance to strengthen belief in the way ahead. Not only that, silverware would also not harm the allure of Klopp, as appears likely, Liverpool entering the transfer market this summer without Champions League football to offer.
Five of the current Premier League managers have actually won a major honour in English football – Arsène Wenger, Guus Hiddink, Roberto Martínez, Steve McClaren and Sunday’s opponent, Manuel Pellegrini. The rest will certainly look on enviously if Jurgen Klopp makes it six so quickly.