Liver­pool chair­man eyes ‘sus­tained suc­cess’ for cham­pi­ons

Werner be­lieves the win­ning men­tal­ity cre­ated by Klopp will keep the team hun­gry for more suc­cess

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Liver­pool chair­man

Tom Werner has backed the newly crowned Premier League cham­pi­ons to en­joy a pe­riod of “sus­tained suc­cess” un­der boss

Jur­gen Klopp.

Liver­pool won the English ti­tle for the first time in 30 years on Thurs­day af­ter Manch­ester City’s de­feat at Chelsea sealed the ti­tle for the Reds.

Werner, part of the US-based Fen­way Sports Group that owns Liver­pool, be­lieves the win­ning men­tal­ity cre­ated by Klopp since he took charge in 2015 will keep the team hun­gry for more suc­cess next sea­son.

Liver­pool also clinched the Club

World Cup in De­cem­ber and were Cham­pi­ons League win­ners last sea­son, but Werner is con­fi­dent the good times are not over yet. “We want to un­der­sell and overde­liver. We hope­fully would be en­sur­ing an­other pe­riod of sus­tained suc­cess,” Werner told Liver­pool’s web­site on Satur­day. “The com­pe­ti­tion is fierce and I know our ri­vals are work­ing tire­lessly to up­end us. But we’ve got such tal­ent in place as Jur­gen, as Michael (Ed­wards, sport­ing di­rec­tor) and the team on the pitch. “One of the things that stuck with me this year was their hunger for win­ning. I don’t think that will be di­min­ished. They’re such a good group of play­ers.

“I have such fond­ness for them as in­di­vid­u­als off the pitch. They’re hum­ble, they’re kind, they en­joy each other’s com­pany. You could see that in the videos when they were all cel­e­brat­ing.

“It’s a lot to ask them to stay at this ex­tra­or­di­nary level but it is our goal to con­tinue to play with this qual­ity.”

Werner heaped praise on Klopp for res­cu­ing Liver­pool from medi­ocrity, but stopped short of rating the Ger­man along­side the club’s iconic for­mer man­agers Bill

Shankly and Bob Pais­ley.

“I didn’t have the plea­sure of know­ing or watch­ing the great foot­ball of (Bill) Shankly and (Bob) Pais­ley, so I don’t re­ally want to compare Jur­gen to pre­vi­ous man­agers,” said Werner, who has been chair­man of the Mersey­side club since 2010.

“I just know that the league is ex­tremely com­pet­i­tive and when we first be­came in­volved in Liver­pool over 10 years ago, we were not even think­ing about win­ning the league.

“Our dream was to just be­come top four and make it to the Cham­pi­ons League.

“He has just cre­ated such an at­mos­phere at Liver­pool that there’s no al­ter­na­tive ex­cept to win. He has cre­ated such an at­mos­phere.

FAST FACT

Reuters

Chil­dren cel­e­brate the vic­tory of Liver­pool at An­field. Liver­pool won the English ti­tle for the first time in 30 years on Thurs­day af­ter Manch­ester City’s de­feat at Chelsea sealed the ti­tle for the Reds.

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