Mohamed Salah has revealed Jurgen Klopp’s defiant message to the Liverpool squad as they prepare for another fierce title race.
The Reds have an early advantage for this season’s crown after rivals Man City dropped two points in their second match against Tottenham .
City edged out Liverpool during the last campaign, with the title eventually decided by a single point.
And despite the Reds amassing 97 points and winning the Champions League, Salah says Klopp has demanded more from his team.
Salah told CNN Klopp’s message was: “Keep working hard and if you want to win another thing you have to work harder than maybe did in the last season and you have to really be humble, and okay, Champions League is over. It was last year, so forget it. Fight for the new trophies again this season.”
Klopp had banned his players from touching the famous ‘This is Anfield’ sign at the club’s home ground until they had won a trophy.
The triumph in Madrid in June ensured the Reds earned their sixth European Cup, but it has been an agonising 29-year wait for a domestic title.
And Salah admitted the Reds players were all too aware of the pressure of following up their success.
“If you play in a club like Liverpool, there’s always big expectation, you have to win something,” he added.
“So there’s always expectation high in the football. So not even if it’s not from yourselves, from the people because they want to see the club winning something.”
Meanwhile Klopp stated that he hoped more success was on the horizon for the Merseyside club, but suggested it may be without him.
Collecting a prestigious coaching award in his home nation Germany, Klopp was asked what is next for the club after the Champions League success.
“I hope to continue like this, but in two, three years I don’t know what may happen,” Klopp said.
“Maybe I’ll retire!” he then joked, before adding: “It doesn’t necessarily mean it will happen, however, but if that were the case, you wouldn’t be surprised.”