LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Sunday, July 26, 2020: Liverpool’s manager Jürgen Klopp speaks to his players during a water break during the final match of the FA Premier League season between Newcastle United FC and Liverpool FC at St. James' Park. The game was played behind closed doors due to the UK government’s social distancing laws during the Coronavirus COVID-19 Pandemic. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propagandab)

Jurgen Klopp cherishes “absolutely exceptional” season as Liverpool hit 99 points

Jurgen Klopp saluted his “absolutely exceptional” Liverpool team after seeing the champions end a “nearly perfect” Premier League season with a club record 99 points.

A 3-1 final day win at Newcastle ensured the Reds maintained their 18-point advantage over Manchester City and left Klopp purring over his squad.

Asked to reflect upon a season which had ended the club’s 30-year wait for another title, the German said: “The football part of the year was exceptional, absolutely exceptional, 99 points…

“How we think about it, it started on June 1, 2019 because yes, that was the last game of the last season, but for us, it was pretty much the first game of a pretty special time, so after that the European Super Cup, the Club World Cup and now the Premier League is absolutely exceptional.

“Ninety-nine points after having 97 last year, absolutely exceptional. The boys have shown a consistency which is really second to none, and that’s what we had to do, we knew that.

“After 97 points last year, everybody thought we were unlucky a little bit, but we respect [City] a lot and it was clear that if you want to be ahead of them, you need to be nearly perfect and the boys were nearly perfect, and that’s why we have 99 points.

“That’s it. It will have a special place in my own memories.”

Liverpool did not have things all their own way on Tyneside—indeed a team featuring five changes with first-choice front three Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane starting on the bench fell behind to Dwight Gayle’s strike with just 24 seconds gone.

However, Virgil van Dijk’s equaliser and second-half strikes from Divock Origi and substitute Mane, who curled home a brilliant third at the death, secured the points.

Klopp said: “The whole game and maybe this goal as well really sums the season up, just difficult, but not impossible, give it a go.

“That’s what the boys have done the whole year and what they did at this moment. It was just a brilliant piece of football.”