Klopp reaction to Champions League title win
“This may be the best night of my life, professional wise,” Klopp said. “This is so important. Tonight it’s really emotional. I am overwhelmed to be honest but I’m much calmer than I thought I would be when it finally happened.
“I feel mostly relieved, to be honest. Relieved for my family because the last six times we were away on holiday and always with a silver medal and that doesn’t feel so cool. This is for the boys, the fans and for the owners who do not put any pressure on us and appreciate the development of huge steps we have made. For the players, they were pretty much crying on the pitch because it was so emotional, so big, and it means so much to us. I have sat here many times explaining how we lost this game. Now I don’t want to explain why we won, I just want to enjoy that we won.”
“I’m interested really in development, but I get it, we have to win things, and so it’s really important that people don’t ask now all the time about not winning things. Now we won something, and we will carry on, we want to win things, 100 percent. This is only the start for this group, it’s a wonderful age group, they still have the best times in their career still ahead of them, so that’s big."
Klopp credited James Milner, who missed out on a place in the starting lineup, with galvanising his players with a rousing speech before kick-off. “Without Millie’s dressing-room talk, with a non-native manager, I think it would not have been possible to win this,” he said. “I am so happy for the boys. You know what people have said about a couple of the players of this team. Jordan Henderson is captain of the Champions League winner of 2019. That is satisfying.”
The Liverpool manager also revealed Guardiola was among the first to send best wishes via a call to Lee Nobes, the former City physio who switched to Anfield this season. He explained: “Our head physio worked for Manchester City at the start of the year but he wanted to win the Champions League - no, it’s a joke! We promised each other that we will kick each other’s butts again next season. We will go for everything and see what we get.”