Klopp: I love the buzz we are mak­ing for this city, but I stay at home. I don’t go out, or go shop­ping... I’ve enough clothes to last a life­time!

Sunday Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - Offers - BY SIMON MULLOCK Chief Football Writer @Mul­lock­SMir­ror


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JUR­GEN KLOPP is so fo­cused on Liver­pool’s bid for hon­ours that he won’t leave home for any­thing other than football.

Klopp will not al­low him­self to be af­fected by the hype and hys­te­ria that grips Mersey­side as Reds fans al­low them­selves to dream about a first ti­tle in 29 years and a mouth­wa­ter­ing Cham­pi­ons League semi-fi­nal with Barcelona.

So the Ger­man has bunkered him­self down at the lux­ury man­sion in the sea­side town of Formby that he has been rent­ing from for­mer Kop boss Bren­dan Rodgers since ar­riv­ing in Eng­land three years ago.

Klopp said: “I don’t go out apart from football.

“Why should I? I have enough pairs of jeans to last me for the next 20 years, so I’m al­right.

“I don’t go to the shops. I don’t do any of that.

“I can imag­ine the mood in the city is pretty good – but I don’t need to hear it, I don’t need to see it.

“But it’s football, and for most of my life I have been a pure football sup­porter, so if my team was do­ing this I know what I would have been like.

“My favourite thing would have been a sit­u­a­tion like we have now, where it is buzzing.

“I can imag­ine peo­ple want to go out and cel­e­brate, talk about it, but we are not part of that.

“We have to make sure it stays like this – and that’s no prob­lem.

“I love the sit­u­a­tion we are in, it’s re­ally good, but of course we have to prove it ev­ery day and ev­ery game.

“It’s all good, but it’s not per­fect, so we have to carry on work­ing like we have been do­ing.”

Liver­pool seem to be in per­fect shape for the sprint to the fin­ish­ing line.

Klopp’s men look fit and fresh, with no sig­nif­i­cant in­jury is­sues.

And they are in the midst of a 17-game un­beaten run which has in­cluded eight suc­ces­sive vic­to­ries.

Klopp takes his team to face rel­e­ga­tion-threat­ened Cardiff to­day at the start of a run-in that looks a for­mal­ity, with games against doomed Hud­der­s­field, New­cas­tle and Wolves to come.

But Klopp warned: “It seems good, but it is like be­ing a 400m run­ner. You might think you are in a good place. You have run the per­fect race with 100m to go – but then you don’t con­cen­trate for as mo­ment and the oth­ers go past you.

“The race is only fin­ished when it is fin­ished – and not be­fore.

“But we are OK with in­juries at the mo­ment and we are re­ally in a proper com­pe­ti­tion mood.

“If we are tired we don’t feel it. We want to be play­ing and win­ning, not sit­ting at home and hop­ing the oth­ers lose.

“That’s ex­actly how you should be feel­ing as a pro­fes­sional sports­man.”

Vir­gil van Dijk (right), the £75mil­lion de­fender signed from Southamp­ton just over a year ago, has been out­stand­ing for Liver­pool this sea­son.

The Dutch­man is be­ing tipped to fol­low in the foot­steps of Mo Salah by win­ning the PFA Player of the Year and FWA Foot­baller of the Year awards.

Manch­ester City’s Ra­heem Ster­ling is Van Dijk’s main ri­val for the hon­ours.

And Klopp said: “Of course I would be sad if Vir­gil didn’t win it be­cause he has had an out­stand­ing sea­son.

“But Ra­heem would also de­serve the award.

“Last sea­son it was Kevin

De Bruyne and Mo Salah. Both were un­be­liev­able.

“Mo won it and we were happy about that – but not be­cause De

Bruyne lost, be­cause he would have de­served it as well.

“And that is the case again this sea­son.”

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