Jurgen Klopp doesn't want to celebrate one-year Liverpool anniversary

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Ask any Liverpool fan if they regret the club sacking Brendan Rodgers 12 months ago and you'll have trouble finding one willing to admit it.

It was all doom and gloom around Anfield this time last year. Compare that atmosphere to this season and they are at complete opposite ends of the spectrum.

The big difference - Jurgen Klopp, of course.

The German manager has almost reached the one year anniversary of his arrival upon Merseyside and optimism within the club could not be much higher.

Two cup finals last term have been followed up with an exciting start to the current campaign and there is a genuine belief Liverpool can contend for the title.

But Klopp isn't taking anything for granted and played down any celebrations for reaching the milestone in the sort of fashion that has endeared him to the Reds' loyal support.

“I have no time, and I am not in the mood for reflection, to be honest,” he told the Liverpool Echo.

“It’s a year, I’m a year older and all this s**t, but everything else is good. Not perfect, but in a good way. That’s what we hoped, that’s what we said."

Liverpool's inconsistent form last season let them down after Christmas yet - ignoring the shock defeat to Burnley in August - they look much better set up to string a set of results together.

And Klopp feels like he has already proven his doubters wrong a year into the job.

He added: “After one year standing here, we can talk like this. There was doubt, there was a lot of rumour around me. People said ‘obviously he was a good coach at Dortmund but a German managing here doesn’t work’ things like this. That’s better now.

“The thing is, I’m not here for a year, I’m here hopefully for the long term, and it means that we have to use all the information we have until now and learn from it."

“That’s how life works, collecting experience, learning from it and being ready for the next challenge.

“My year is what, the 8th of October, yes? We will not celebrate, I can tell you that! Hopefully, nobody brings me a cake!”

Klopp would have seen how quick the tide can turn on his predecessor to know things can still change very easily.

However, providing the ex-Dortmund boss can tighten up the defence, Liverpool will certainly be a force to be reckoned with.

The lack of European football this season may also prove a big factor as their main title rivals will have much busier schedules between now and the end of the year.

But Liverpool's biggest statement of intent this season could come after the international break when they face Manchester United at Anfield. Another win there and everyone will be taking the Reds' title claims seriously.

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