JÜRGEN Klopp believes he has silenced those who doubted whether he would succeed as Liverpool manager, but insists he is only looking ahead to the future.
The German expressed his half-time anger at being a goal down to Swansea on Saturday, despite a second half comeback to win the game 2-1.
And the manager has insisted that his team will face many similar challenges, to those faced in South Wales, over the course of the season — and he doesn’t want his players to get carried away in good moments.
He said: “It was such a positive week: Interview here, interview there, ‘the manager is brilliant’, ‘everyone is enjoying themselves’.
“And then at the end of the week, Swansea is waiting with the knife between the teeth, and you have to go and perform again!
“That’s what I mean. We have to get used to it. To be a successful team you need to be a challenger in each game, challenging for three points in every game.
“I’m happy with the performance from the [fans], it was great! We didn’t make it too easy for them, but you saw that they took each good moment from us to help us back in the game. That was nice.”
Klopp is approaching his year anniversary at the club but has insisted he is not in the mood for celebrating, or looking back over the past 12 months, instead he is looking towards long term success at the club.
“I have no time, and I am not in the mood for reflection, to be honest.” the German added.
“It’s a year, I’m a year older and all this, but everything else is good. Not perfect, but in a good way. That’s what we hoped, that’s what we said.
“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.
“My year is what, October 8, yes? We will not celebrate, I can tell you that! Hopefully nobody brings me a cake!”
Despite his side’s flying start to the season, Klopp has been trying to manage expectation — with talk of a title challenge rife — claiming it is no good for his players to start dreaming of the ultimate prize at such an early stage.
“We have to create hope, dreams, whatever. The only problem is that we cannot hope and we cannot dream!
“Everyone else is allowed [to dream]. So far this season it’s a very positive thing to talk about but we have to go out and do it.
“This club has a lot of work to do, it’s not about enjoying the history, it’s about being part of it. And being a part of it is nice.”