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Quicksilve­r Klopp eyes trophy haul

- Paul Joyce

JURGEN KLOPP believes he has laid the foundation­s for a lasting revival at Liverpool and vowed to use his first Anfield season as a springboar­d to future success.

The Liverpool boss will take charge of his 50th game as Chelsea visit Merseyside tonight for a fixture bearing little resemblanc­e to previous heavyweigh­t clashes, given the rivals sit eighth and ninth in the table.

Liverpool’s appearance in the Europa League final against Sevilla next week stands as reward for the impact Klopp has swiftly made during his seven months at the helm. And he promises the fans much more.

He said: “I’m not too interested when Chelsea can next win the title and I have no idea when we can, but I promise we’ll try everything to build on the base of this season.

“We can get sixth. It isn’t the biggest success in the history of Liverpool, but everyone interested in the club can see the good signs and we will build on it.

“We have to improve and I am sure we will. A lot of things need to be perfect for a really good season. I’m really looking forward to next season, to pre-season, but this season we are still looking for what we can get.”

Klopp gives the impression of a manager in a hurry and the reality that Chelsea’s visit marks his half-century of matches offers proof of that.

The German’s milestone comes just 208 days since his reign as Brendan Rodgers’ successor began. His first match was at White Hart Lane in October and only Joe Fagan – 204 days in 1984-85 – reached the landmark quicker faster. The constant flow of fixtures is a far cry from Klopp’s first half-century as Borussia Dortmund coach, which were spread over 452 days.

He has won 23, drawn 16 and lost 10 of those matches and even managed to cram in an operation to remove his appendix.

“It was intense but it was fun too,” said Klopp. “We enjoyed it. Everything was new and that is always interestin­g.

“Time has flown quickly. I’ll have no problem going on holiday. I am looking forward to it, but I’m really looking forward to the next three games against Chelsea, West Brom and Sevilla.

“Everything is cool. Since my appendix, I am new. A lot of things have happened – 50 games, usually you need one and a half seasons and yet it is not one complete season.”

Divock Origi and Jordan Henderson are back in training as they battle to be in contention for the Europa League final.

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