Premier League

Henderson credits Liverpool title win to Jurgen Klopp

The captain of the champions has praised the impact that his manager has had on the club

10:35am on Friday 26th June 2020
Martin Macdonald

Jordan Henderson has hailed the effect Jurgen Klopp has had on Liverpool since becoming head coach, and believes the 2019-20 Premier League title win would not have been possible without the influence of the German.

On Thursday, Manchester City lost 2-1 versus Chelsea which meant Liverpool were crowned champions without even playing a game.

The result catalysed huge celebrations among gathered fans at Anfield as well as the players themselves who watched the match in a hotel together.

Henderson, who was visibly emotional during an interview afterwards, said the players believed in Klopp’s philosophy pretty much from the get-go when he arrived at the club in 2015.

"To be honest, I'm lost for words at the minute. It hasn't really sunk in. You never really think of this end moment, you're just always concentrating on each game and then when this moment comes, I can't really describe it," he told Sky Sports.

"I said after the Champions League final that it wouldn't be possible to do it without the manager and it's the same with this title.

“Everything from when he came in, and that's no disrespect to the managers before him or who I've worked with before, because we have come close, but I felt from day one, he came in the door and he just changed everything.

"Everybody followed him and we all did what he said and believed him and so far, it's been pretty special. It's been an amazing journey and I hope we can just continue in this, stay hungry, keep wanting more and keep following him.”

Klopp is known for his passionate demeanour on the touchline during matches, and although Henderson says that is all legitimate, he has revealed there is a more personal side to his head coach that the cameras don’t see.


Klopp hails 'unforgettable' Liverpool title win

"I think a lot of it [Klopp's personality] is what you see. When you see him doing his press conferences, when you see him on the sidelines, that is what he's like,” the Liverpool captain continued.

“Obviously he's got a bit more of a personal side to him that you might not see.

"He's a leader and obviously he's a great human being. He's got a great balance of having a relationship with the players and being a friend, but also being able to give them a telling off and maybe not so kind at times as well and a little bit ruthless.

“The biggest thing he's got is that no matter what, we all follow him, we all believe in him and he's took us to this point. This wouldn't be possible without him."

Liverpool last won the English top flight back in 1990 under Kenny Dalglish.

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