Later News May 22

Klopp enjoying ‘most exciting time’ of career, but Mrs Klopp less thrilled with final day stress


Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has hailed this season as the ‘most exciting time’ of his illustrious career, with the Reds involved in three cup finals and a final day run-in for the English Premier League (EPL) title with Manchester City.

 

The Anfield outfit will host Wolves in their final EPL game on Sunday evening (SGT) knowing that they have to pick up all three points in order to stand a chance of snatching the title from the grasp of Manchester City, who are currently one point ahead of them in the table.

 

WATCH: Guardiola says City are in strong position heading into final day of season

 

While such an thrilling final day of the season is a gold mine for the television companies, the resulting tension in the Klopp household is apparently not something that Mrs Ulla Klopp – who is in the running for Liverpool’s Assist of the Season – particularly relishes. 

 

According to Klopp, his wife has questioned why he cannot wrap up the season earlier, as he revealed: “I was unlucky enough to have a few exciting times... if you ask my missus (Ulla), she will tell you ‘Why always until the last matchday?' because that happens incredibly often.”

 

Nonetheless, given that Liverpool can potentially win an unprecedented quadruple – a prospect that has haunted the nightmares of Manchester United fans for the past month – Klopp has labelled the next two games as “absolutely massive”.

 

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Said Klopp: “It’s the most exciting because seeing how good the boys are and seeing the steps that we’ve made and just two games to go. 

 

“It’s unbelievable. It feels like five minutes ago it was seven games. Now, wham, here we go to two finals. We’ve played finals since ages, but now it’s really two finals. It’s absolutely massive. It’s the most exciting time of my career.”

 

Klopp also graciously credited City boss Pep Guardiola and Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel for adding all this excitement in his life.

 

WATCH: Tuchel speaks about closing the gap on City and Liverpool

 

“For sure, we push each other,” Klopp says on Guardiola. "It's not only Manchester City, but it's especially them. I'd have to say now that my respect for Chelsea couldn't be bigger to be honest. It's been a difficult season for them, obviously with what's been going on there but finishing third is still massive.

 

“We had a difficult season last year for different reasons but we've shown you can build on that. For Pep and I, it's been like this. I don't think they would have the sort of points tallies we've seen if it wasn't for us and vice versa. It's as good as it gets in football.

 

“You want to have these kinds of fights for the Premier League with the last matchday and two teams fighting for the title. There're still two teams fighting for the Champions League, two in the fight to stay up and even two teams competing to qualify for the Europa League.

 

“You cannot wish for more from the final round of matches. There's a lot at stake.”

 

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