Jurgen Klopp claims Liverpool beating Barcelona is ‘worth more than trophies’

Liverpool v Barcelona - UEFA Champions League Semi Final: Second Leg

Jurgen Klopp is on the verge of guiding Liverpool to their first league and European double in over three decades.

The 1983-84 season was the last time the Reds conquered England and the continent in the same season, largely thanks to a 47-goal contribution from the great Ian Rush.

But given that was during a period when Liverpool enjoyed utter dominance at the highest level, repeating the feat this year would be far more impressive.

That being said, Klopp’s men need Brighton to do them a favour against Manchester City - as well as three points themselves against Wolves - to get over the line on Sunday.

Next month, though, they will control their own fate when they face Tottenham in the Champions League final at the Wanda Metropolitano.

While it would be the most agonising of failures if Liverpool fans were to end such a magnificent campaign empty-handed, Klopp believes his team have already achieved more than anything a trophy represents.

Per the Times, the German said of their miraculous semi-final comeback versus Barcelona: “A moment like this is worth more than silverware.

“This season has been a year full of wonderful moments, wonderful moments altogether. Looking forward to games, enjoying games and last Tuesday was like the icing on the cake so far. Wow. That's exactly the picture we want to draw for the outside world - this is Liverpool.

“It's possible here. It's possible in this club and in this city with the people around. That's the picture. If that leads to silverware, then wonderful. But we cannot do more. If people judge me on not winning something in the past or winning something in the future, I cannot change that.

Liverpool v Barcelona - UEFA Champions League Semi Final: Second Leg

“We do all this for entertainment. The people that go there want to go there and enjoy the game. They think two days before and three days after about this game.

“Heart surgeries are much more important but I don't think people want to read as much about heart surgeries as they do about football. That's clear.”

Klopp has certainly built something special over the course of his three-year reign at Anfield.

While there’s little doubt Liverpool have the means to compete on all fronts for the foreseeable future, the Reds boss is aware of what’s required to stay among the elite.

“Being consistent is one thing, staying consistent is another. We have to stay consistent for the last two games and the next few years. That is another challenge for us but one we are going to face. There is room for improvement for us for sure.”

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