Jurgen Klopp says his Liverpool side have absorbed a “real lesson in life”, which he passionately believes will take them back to the top next season.
The German’s team showed real strength of character to somehow claw their way back into the top four race and snatch a Champions League place on the final day of the season, despite looking dead and buried barely a month ago.
The Reds came through the adversity of defensive injuries which saw them use TWENTY different centre half partnerships this season, and nine different central defenders in total…finishing with a pairing of their seventh and eighth choice players in that position.
But Klopp believes it has brought his team even closer together, which will be huge for them in seasons to come.
“For the whole team, fighting through this and finishing third is the best lesson you can learn for life,” he explained.
“It was not possible for us this year (to win the title), so you have to fight through and in the harder moments you can learn the most – in the harder moments you can show the most and we really stuck together all the time.
“There was no argument or whatever about different things, we just knew some things are tough [and] we have to improve. We did that. It is incredible, and I couldn’t be more happy I was around when this happened.”
Klopp knows that Liverpool are expected to challenge for honours, even with so many different central defensive pairings. And he believes fighting through together was one of his team’s biggest achievements.
“From nowhere to the Champions League in five weeks is a massive achievement as I see it and I think that’s right,” he added.
“It’s great, it’s absolutely great, it’s outstanding. That was absolutely incredible, it was so nice to have this experience again together.
“The injuries was a subject that followed us through the whole year and that was really tough to take. But we did it. And that makes the achievement even bigger.”