Jurgen Klopp delivers verdict on Liverpool FC’s title challenge this season

Liverpool FC manager Jurgen Klopp reflects on an 'exceptional' campaign for the Merseyside outfit

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Jurgen Klopp (Photo: New Balance)

Jurgen Klopp says Liverpool FC had an “exceptional” season despite finishing in second place behind Premier League champions Manchester City.

The Merseyside outfit were 2-0 winners against Wolves on the final day of the Premier League season to rack up an impressive tally of 97 points.

However, Manchester City eased to a 4-1 victory over Brighton to ensure Pep Guardiola’s side finished a point ahead of Liverpool FC in the title race.

The Reds only lost one Premier League following a 2-1 defeat by the defending champions at The Etihad at the start of 2019.

Liverpool FC number one Alisson Becker finished with the Premier League Golden Glove award after the Brazilian shot-stopper kept 21 clean sheets.

Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah finished at the top of the goal-scoring charts after the Liverpool FC duo both finished with 22 goals.

The world’s most expensive defender Virgil van Dijk was named the PFA player of the year after his stellar performances at the back.

Speaking at his post-match media conference on Sunday, Klopp admitted that Liverpool FC had a lot to be pleased about following an excellent campaign.

“Our season was good as well, a really good season, an unbelievable season,” Klopp said.

“I can read all the stats, I can read all the numbers, it’s just really exceptional. The nice thing is if you would get an award for the biggest development jump I can remember, the boys would get that because it was completely different.

“We used the base from last year but made a big step, unbelievable, and there’s still a bit to come. It doesn’t feel like this in the moment, it’s not a moment for already telling people what they can think; everybody knows we will go again, 100 per cent.

“But in this moment, if you really want something you feel the disappointment as well. That’s of course what we feel in the moment.”

Liverpool FC have now finished in second place four times after previously ending up in the runner’s up spot in 2002, 2009, and 2014.

Indeed, Klopp has become the fourth Reds boss to lead Liverpool FC to a second-placed finish after Gerard Houllier, Rafael Benitez and Brendan Rodgers.

Liverpool FC can still finish the Premier League season with silverware if the Reds can beat Tottenham Hotspur in the Champions League final next month.

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