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'Cocky Klopp Delivered In The End'

Liverpool legend Ray Houghton has discussed how "cocky" Jurgen Klopp has fulfilled the bold promise he made upon his arrival in England by leading the Premier League giants to their first top-flight title in 30 years.

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Houghton, who won two FA Cups and a league title during his time at Anfield, has been impressed with how the former Borussia Dortmund manager transformed the club from nearly men to league champions since taking charge in October 2015.

"It's been a phenomenal four-and-a-half seasons under Jurgen," the former Republic of Ireland international told talkSPORT.  

"There were plenty of managers before him that I'm sure came with the ambition to win the league, and it didn't quite work out for them, but they weren't as bold as him.

"You look at one of the first team talks that he gave to the press, and he turned around and said: 'I'm going to win the league.'

"Everyone looked at him and thought, 'You're a bit cocky, aren't you, you haven't won it for 26 years', but he was true to his word. He believed in this team, he believed in the Liverpool supporters, he knew what they wanted and he delivered.

"Of course, you take losses along the way. They lost the League Cup, they lost the (UEFA) Europa League, they lost the (UEFA) Champions League to Real Madrid.

"When you keep getting whacked, you need to get yourself off the canvas and come back – and that's what they have done. Won the Champions League, and now this season are Premier League champions.

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"It's been a phenomenal rise in the last four-and-a-half years consistency-wise, the will to win and the players that he has assembled."

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