Jurgen Klopp admits he has no idea when he will win silverware but does not want to be remembered as the “fun” Liverpool manager who failed to secure a trophy.
The German celebrated his three-year anniversary at Anfield on Monday but despite taking the club to three finals he has yet to win one.
Klopp has, in fact, lost his last six finals since winning his first with Borussia Dortmund in 2012.
At his presentation as Reds boss in October 2015 he pledged to win a title within four years. But after three near-misses, the last in May’s Champions League defeat to Real Madrid, he admits he does not know when that claim will come to fruition.
“I have said it a few times: I have no idea when we will win something, but I’m sure this club will win something,” he said in an interview with Premier League Productions.
“I don’t know when so let’s have the best times of our lives until then.
“Let’s enjoy the world, let’s enjoy the football, let’s enjoy the journey and it’s what we did so far – it was a good time.
“Nobody wants to look back in 10 or 20 years and say ‘So the best time we had without winning anything was when Klopp was here. It was so funny and all that stuff’.
“That’s not really something you want to achieve, we still have time to do something special and we know that to underline the development and progress, we have to do it.”
Liverpool have been touted as Manchester City’s nearest challengers for the Premier League this season and are currently level with Pep Guardiola’s side and Chelsea on 18 points after eight matches, having yet to be defeated in the league.
“If you think about it, we are maybe in the best moment for ages, but a few other clubs are the same and they made the same steps so that makes it really hard,” Klopp added.
“It looks like we are really on a good way and the only thing I can guarantee is that we constantly develop.
“Our little problem is many other clubs develop as well so it’s never that you improve 20 per cent and the others get 20 per cent weaker.
“They try to do the same, to reach the next level, and that’s the challenge we all face. It is interesting, but tough as well.
“As I said in my first press conference here, if anybody thinks that I can perform wonders then it could become really difficult in the future, because I can’t.”
Gianluigi Buffon was linked with a sensational move to Liverpool last summer after ending his near 20-year association with Juventus.
The Italy icon ended up joining Paris Saint-Germain instead as Jurgen Klopp eventually acquired Brazil No1 Alisson from Roma but that didn’t cut any affection Buffon has for the Reds.
Indeed, when asked about his favourite stadium to have played in, the 40-year-old ranked Anfield as one of the best he’s graced.
“There are a lot of them,” he said. “Definitely Anfield, in Liverpool, that was one of the few stadiums – along with Rangers in Glasgow and Fenerbahce in Istanbul – where there was such commotion for the first 15-20 minutes that I had trouble concentrating.”
The goalkeeping great was also asked about the most memorable game of his career and it was to no surprise he went for Italy’s World Cup victory in 2006.
“The best game? Every final is pure emotion, but if I have to say one I’d say the World Cup final, even if that’s slightly predictable.”
After notching 44 goals for the English Premier League club in all competitions last season, the 26-year-old has managed only three this season, and just one in eight games since August.
When Salah last played for his country, he scored twice and missed two penalties as the record seven-time African champions romped to a 6-0 win over Niger during September.
Niger are ranked 105 in the world – 31 places above eSwatini – so Egypt can realistically hope to score goals this Friday at the Al Salam Stadium in Cairo.
Salah is the pride of Egypt having won the best goal and finished third in the best player category behind Luka Modric and Cristiano Ronaldo at the recent FIFA awards.
He is also among 30 contenders for the Ballon d’Or prize bestowed annually by France Football magazine.
His recent scarcity of goals for Liverpool, and being substituted in a match at Chelsea, has drawn sympathy from Egyptian pundits.
“Salah must not look back at last season, whether it was his goal scoring or his exceptional form,” said Islam el-Shater in Al-Masry Al-Youm.
“He must do what his manager (Jurgen Klopp) asks of him so that he does not lose his starting place.”
Another columnist in that newspaper, Mohammed el-Bourmy, wrote: “Salah is being compared to Ronaldo and Messi and some possibly believed he could score 40 to 50 goals every season.
“He is not required to do that, but rather to have a good season with 20 goals to his name and enjoy himself.”
Leading football commentator Hassan el-Mistekawi noted that “the Salah smile is missing since the start of the season because of the pressure he is under to score”.