Liver­pool his­tory is the tar­get

Write own chap­ters in Reds saga, says Klopp

The Star (Kenya) - - Sports International -

Jur­gen Klopp is ea­ger not to let Liver­pool’s tro­phy­laden past bur­den his squad with the man­ager in­stead urg­ing his play­ers to write their own chap­ters in the Mersey­side club’s his­tory books.

Liver­pool have made a strong start to the sea­son, hav­ing lost only once in 14 games in all com­pe­ti­tions, which has pro­pelled them to the top of the Premier League ta­ble and to the quar­ter-fi­nals of the League Cup.

“It’s a re­ally good mo­ment and I know that every­body com­pares with the past, es­pe­cially at Liver­pool. Three years ago, 10, five, 25 years ago -- but this team is new, we are new,” Klopp told the club’s web­site. (www. liv­er­poolfc.com)

Liver­pool are the sec­ond most suc­cess­ful club in English foot­ball but have been un­able to add to their 18 league ti­tles since 1990.

“Our story started a few months ago so you can­not com­pare us with any­one else. You can­not carry the his­tory on our backs, we should feel free for creat­ing some­thing in the near fu­ture,” the Ger­man, who joined the club 13 months ago, added.

“If every­body wants to say ‘We wait now for 20-some­thing years for sil­ver­ware’ or what­ever, we can say ‘ Okay, we (have) tried, ac­tu­ally, only since a year’. So that gives us the free­dom to look in the fu­ture quite op­ti­misti­cally.”

Liver­pool’s next match is a trip to 10th-placed Southamp­ton on Nov. 19.

Mean­while Liver­pool are watch­ing Sar­dar Az­moun, the FC Ros­tov striker who has been dubbed ‘the Ira­nian Messi’.

Az­moun has scored 16 goals in 22 ap­pear­ances for his coun­try and has been watched by a num­ber of top clubs in Europe.

The 21-year-old was linked with a move to Ever­ton last sea­son.

Liver­pool boss Jur­gen Klopp ad­mit­ted last week he might need to strengthen in Jan­uary fol­low­ing a sea­son end­ing in­jury to Danny Ings.

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Liver­pool man­ager Jur­gen Klopp barks out in­struc­tions to his play­ers.

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