Jurgen Klopp has explained how his Liverpool side have learned their “lesson” from this season that will help them going forward into next term.
The Reds go into the final day of the season knowing a win should secure them a top four finish and a place in next season’s Champions League.
It has been a very tough campaign for Klopp’s men, who have struggled severely with injuries in defence, losing Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez for most of the year.
But he says that their incredible fightback to get back into the top four shows that they can still mount a challenge for the title next season.
“These boys are exceptional, they are very exceptional, they are still exceptional and are a great bunch of super football players and we didn’t deliver all the time, that is true as well,” Klopp told Sky Sports.
“If there is to be a lesson from this season – I’m pretty sure if we use it, it will be for next season, it’s not for this season anymore, obviously – next season is just to strike back.
“We were punished by different things, our own mistakes, destiny, being unlucky, all these kinds of things.
“That is how life is, it’s all about the reaction. We’ve showed a little bit already, but we will show more next year.”
Having won the Premier League and Champions League in the last two seasons, Klopp believes their major success for this term comes in the form of their turnaround in fortunes.
“I actually think we did that already,” the Liverpool manager told Sky Sports. “Getting back into the race, making it exciting and that tight is quite an effort, I have to say. It has my respect.
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“We got the turnaround, and if we win [on Sunday] and qualify for the Champions League, that would be something really special.
“I didn’t think that for a long time, but it would be in my memory for a long, long time because of all the difficulties we had, the world had, the players had. It would make it really remarkable.”