Jurgen Klopp outlines Liverpool’s targets for 2016/17 season
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is hoping for 'a positive, remarkable season'
Jurgen Klopp is hoping Liverpool’s 2016/17 Premier League campaign will bring a smile to the faces of the manager and the club’s supporters ahead of their opening game against Arsenal at The Emirates on Sunday.
The Reds have been one of the busiest clubs in the summer transfer window after recruiting seven new players, with only Manchester City and Manchester United spending more money than Klopp.
I want that in the next summer break, we look back at this season with big smiles on our faces
Klopp led Liverpool to an eighth-place finish and two cup finals in his first seven months in charge at Anfield after replacing Brendan Rodgers in October following a below-par start to the campaign.
And the charismatic Reds boss is hoping that this season will provide some happy memories for Liverpool supporters ahead of Sunday’s trip to Arsenal for their Premier League curtain raiser.
“A positive, remarkable season,” Klopp told Liverpool’s website.
“Hopefully this planet will still work for another two or three million years and in 50 or 60 years, somebody looks back and says that this season, 16-17, was a really wonderful season, ‘we played this, we won this’ and all that stuff.
“That’s what I want because that is what life is for – and especially a football life is for.
“If you have a season that at the end of it everybody wants to forget it in a second then for sure a few things went wrong.
“I want that in the next summer break, we look back at this season with big smiles on our faces.”
The Liverpool manager started his summer spending spree with the £4.7m signing of Germany Under-21 international Loris Karius in May before Sadio Mane swapped Southampton for the 18-time English champions in a £30m deal.
Estonia captain Ragnar Klavan, veteran goalkeeper Alex Manninger and Newcastle United midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum all completed transfers to Liverpool later in July.
Serbian midfielder Marko Grujic and Schalke defender Joel Matip were also added to the Reds squad after agreeing deals earlier this year.