Jurgen Klopp believes Liverpool’s march to the Europa League final reflects the positive signs in his side since the turn of the year.
While Liverpool’s league form has been inconsistent, their progress in Europe has been remarkable – but Klopp believes he has seen signs which offer great hope for the final in Basle and beyond.
“In 2016 the teams have shown a lot of times what they could be capable of in the future so that’s a good sign and that is more important for me as a manager,” said Klopp after his side’s 3-0 win against Villarreal at Anfield on Thursday which sealed a 3-1 aggregate victory.
“I don’t know what it means that it is nine years between (Liverpool’s) last final.
“A lot of teams want to go to finals, it is not too easy, but it is a real opportunity and we will take the opportunity.
“When I came here the tournament (Europa League) didn’t sound too nice for the people, it was three draws (from three games).
“It was a difficult group and we came through with a nice game in Russia (against Rubin Kazan) and we felt really comfortable in this tournament.
“We like to go to different countries but the problem was around these games we had so many other games so we couldn’t be focused.
“But when you perform like we did then you want to have it all and that is what we will try.
“We will go there and try to do everything for this wonderful club.”