Liverpool news: Jurgen Klopp discusses pressures of the job – this will surprise fans | Football | Sport
The Merseyside heavyweights look genuine title contenders this season after a barnstorming start to the campaign.
Manchester City remain the bookies’ firm favourites, but Liverpool are hot on their heels.
They sit just two points behind Pep Guardiola’s side with 12 games played.
The Reds reached the Champions League final last season.
However, they underwhelmed in the final and – after a horror show from Loris Karius – lost 3-1 to Real Madrid.
Liverpool have not won the English title in the Premier League era.
Yet despite the weight of expectation on him, Klopp is adamant it doesn’t affect him.
“I don’t feel pressure. That’s how it is,” Klopp told Premier League productions.
“I made a decision long ago for myself: I give everything I have.
“I don’t hold anything back. In this moment, I can’t do better. I am really like I am.
“I know a lot about football. Do I know everything?
“I don’t think anybody [does] but I know a lot about it.
“I expect a lot from myself but there is no pressure.
“We want to win each game and if we don’t win it then we want to win the next one.”
Klopp has faced criticism on occasions from fans since joining the club in 2015.
The 51-year-old says he tunes out discontent from supporters and pundits though.
He added: “Any other decisions – how people look at me and what people think about me – I have nothing to do with that because I have no influence on it.
“As long as we win football games, everybody thinks – even if they don’t like me – ‘He’s a good manager’.
“And when we lose football games, the people who don’t like me and the people who like me say, ‘Maybe he’s not the right manager anymore’.
“That’s how it is. If you know that before, how can it put pressure on your shoulders? I really don’t understand that.
“In a period when you don’t win football games, it’s not easy to be in the same mood with the press as you are in other situations.
“But not because I don’t like the press; I have no real opinion.
“When we lose football games you ask questions I don’t have an answer for. ‘Why did you lose the game?’ – I could say because we conceded goals.
“All these things are clear before we start, so where’s the pressure? I don’t feel it. That’s the 100 per cent truth.”