Register Login Scores

English Premier League

'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.

Read: Man City 'Agree' Deal For Sane Replace

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.

Read: Official: Man City Sign African International

"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."

What do you think of Houghton's comments regarding Klopp's attitude and success? Have your say in the comments section below.

Messi Linked With €260m Move

10 Clubs That Are Secretly Broke

Conte Makes Hilarious Messi Transfer Claim


Top 5

Chiefs 10 Youngest Goalscorers Revealed!

22 Aug 11, 2022 10:59 AM in Kaizer Chiefs

The 10 Highest-Paid Players In The EPL

1 Aug 18, 2022 06:28 PM in English Premier League

Why Pirates Captain Was Substituted...

21 Aug 11, 2022 10:15 AM in Orlando Pirates

Ronaldo 'Receives' New Transfer Offer

5 Aug 18, 2022 04:26 PM in Messi/Ronaldo/Neymar/Mbappe Watch

Rulani: Vila Contributed To Downs’ Downfall

90 Aug 11, 2022 07:35 AM in Mamelodi Sundowns

A Closer Look At Thlopie Motsepe’s Presidential Ride

1 Aug 16, 2022 10:09 AM in Stars & Their Cars

The 10 Highest-Paid Players At PSG

4 Aug 16, 2022 07:25 PM in Ligue 1

Most Successful Al Ahly Managers Since 2000

4 Aug 16, 2022 01:24 PM in African Football

Ronaldo Linked With Big Swap Deal

6 Aug 17, 2022 06:24 PM in Messi/Ronaldo/Neymar/Mbappe Watch

Why Chiefs Target Fits Amakhosi's Immediate Criteria…

31 Aug 10, 2022 08:56 AM in Kaizer Chiefs

Glazers Set Man Utd Asking Price?

2 Aug 18, 2022 07:29 PM in English Premier League

Downs & CT City CAF CL Opponents Revealed

39 Aug 09, 2022 05:24 PM in CAF Champions League

Ten Hag Explains Benni Appointment

10 Aug 01, 2022 10:20 AM in English Premier League

Reunion On The Cards For Top Keeper?

1 Aug 10, 2022 05:09 PM in Siyagobhoza