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Karine Grigoryan

06-08-2019 | 16:54 Football

Goal. Jurgen Klopp revealed how his side came together to conquer Europe

Last season was a season of success for Jurgen Klopp's side as Liverpool managed to reach the Champions League final for the second year in a row but this time they were crowned champions after beating Tottenham with a 2-0 score. The Reds could have won the Premier League as well, however, they missed out on the chance by being just one point behind the league winners - Manchester City. In an exclusive interview with Goal, Jurgen Klopp has revealed how his team managed to come together and conquer Europe. “We’ve got a taste for it now,” admited Klopp while talking about their last season's European success.  “What they did was unbelievable. Just unbelievable.” “Look, if a player has no talent in football, I can’t make him a great player," he continued. "But in terms of mentality, I think human beings have it. I think it is in them. “The explanation for me is this. How long can I hang on the edge of a mountain with one finger, when I will only save my own life? I have no clue, maybe 10 seconds, maybe a little longer? “But if, on the other hand, I have my little boy, and I have to save him, I could hang there for three days – in my imagination, anyway. I’d do it for him, not for myself. “The more you realise the different things you do for different people, how valuable it is, the easier it is to go over your limit. These boys have that talent. “They would hang on the mountain edge for four years for each other, I have no doubt!” “Of course, you can learn about mentality," added Klopp. "We are not ‘mentality giants’ when we are born. Nobody is. Life makes us what we are. “In this case, football and bad experiences can help us a lot. You lose a game and it’s not so nice, but if you use it, it can make sense. If you don’t use it, it’s useless. “The little defeats in life, the little defeats in the outside world and in football, they can make you stronger, they can create mentality. And if you then put the different parts together, different people with different stories, it can create one mentality. It’s really nice to be a part of that here.”  “When I came in, I said that nobody likes this team, not even the team!” Klopp smiles. “That was the truth, but that’s completely different now. “It’s development, it’s time, patience that you give the boys.”  Liverpool begin their Premier League season with a game against newly promoted Norwich City on Friday, August 9.

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