London – Liverpool is no longer burdened by its painful 30-year title drought and has written a new chapter in the club's history after becoming Premier League champions, manager Jurgen Klopp said Friday.
The club, which dominated English soccer in the 1970s and 1980s, last won the old First Division title in 1990, with five second-place finishes since then.
Seven different managers have tried and failed to recapture Liverpool's long-lost domestic glory before Klopp arrived in 2015 to — in his own words — turn the Merseyside club from "doubters into believers."
"Without knowing it at the time, that was probably the most important thing I said to my players, that we have to create our own stories and history," Klopp told Sky Sports.
"Meanwhile, the history is no burden anymore. The history is now our wonderful background, it's the basis for what we are doing. When I came in we had to say, 'Don't compare us anymore with the fantastic people who played for this club and won everything in the past.' We needed to get the opportunity from our supporters to find our own way."
Klopp, who also delivered Liverpool's sixth Champions League crown last season, dismissed the idea of having a statue made in his honor, like former managers Bill Shankly and Bob Paisley, who have been cast in bronze outside Anfield.
"I don't want a statue, that's not my motivation," the German manager said. "It's clear the team are in a good moment, we are young enough to still go for something.
"It's a moment like last year's Champions League final, you carry on. It's good to be in this club at the moment."
Liverpool's next match is a trip to Manchester City next week and Klopp laughed at the idea of receiving a guard of honor from last year's champions as well as any other opponent the Reds play in their remaining games.
"We'll see, I don't think we can influence that," he added. "We are champions and on the pitch we will behave as though we have never won anything before."
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