Jurgen Klopp says he would never compare himself with Liverpool legends Kenny Dalglish and Bill Shankly, despite winning the Premier League and Champions League.

Liverpool ended their three-decade wait for top-flight silverware last week, a little over a year on from being crowned champions of Europe for a sixth time.

Klopp is only the third manager in the club's history to win both trophies in their various guises, alongside Bob Paisley and Joe Fagan, with Dalglish and Shankly unable to achieve the feat.

However, ex-Borussia Dortmund boss Klopp - who also won the Club World Cup in December - insists he is not interested in comparisons with two of the club's all-time greats.

"I'm rather surprised to be honest," Klopp told Sky Sports. "The reasons why Kenny [didn't win] I know, but with Bill I don't know exactly why he couldn't win it.

"But it is not important. I would never compare myself with them. Nobody should do that actually. It was different times, building a club and carrying a club.

"It's a big achievement, I know that. I know how we did it, pretty much because of all the hard work people put in at Melwood and the passion that people showed for this club.

"It's never easy, it was not easy this time but it makes it much more valuable, worthy and emotional."

Like Klopp, Jordan Henderson has also written his name in Anfield folklore by joining Emlyn Hughes, Phil Thompson and Graeme Souness in captaining Liverpool to both major honours.

Henderson succeeded Steven Gerrard as skipper in 2015 and has proved his critics wrong with his performances over the past couple of seasons, much to Klopp's delight.

"I couldn't be more happy for him to be honest," the German said.

"If we speak about people carrying expectation around with them, Hendo could and should probably write a book about it and how he deals with that because it was massive when I came in here.

"I felt it pretty early, that it is really difficult to do his job. How people saw him as a player... thank God we all knew what kind of player he really is and together we could make that obvious.

"Now he is probably in the best place ever, in a good shape of course. Not only at the moment but this is of course the big one.

"I can't wait for him to be sitting in a TV studio two or three years after his career has finished, talking about Trent Alexander-Arnold and the other guys and telling them what is right and wrong!

"That will be good fun for sure."

Former Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson contacted Liverpool to congratulate the Reds on their drought-ending Premier League title, Kenny Dalglish revealed.

Liverpool claimed their first English top-flight crown since 1990 thanks to Manchester City's 2-1 Premier League loss to Chelsea on Thursday.

The Reds celebrated a 19th English league title with seven games to spare in 2019-20, moving one adrift of United's record after Ferguson led the Manchester giants to 13 Premier League honours during a trophy-laden 26-year tenure.

Ferguson, though, put rivalries aside as the United legend congratulated fierce foes Liverpool.

"He contacted us to say congratulations by the modern medium," said Anfield great Dalglish, who won nine league titles as a player and manager of Liverpool.

"You go through the older generation – Fergie at Manchester United, Brian Kidd, Mike Summerbee; all the old foes who went through football at the same time as us – and at the end of the year you sent a letter of congratulations to say well done. That continues through.

"It is a great compliment. You are in competition and rivals but you are magnanimous enough to send a letter saying congratulations. Everyone is in the same game, aren't they?"

Liverpool are 23 points clear atop the table, having won 28 of their 31 matches so far in 2019-20.

United, meanwhile, are fifth and five points adrift of the Champions League places ahead of Saturday's FA Cup quarter-final against Norwich City.

The Red Devils have not won the Premier League since Ferguson's final season in 2013.

Liverpool great Kenny Dalglish thinks anyone predicting 30 years without a league title would have been "arrested and sectioned".

Manchester City's 2-1 defeat at Chelsea on Thursday ended the Reds' three-decade wait to be crowned top dogs in England for the 19th time, Jurgen Klopp's imperious side now holding an unassailable 23-point lead with seven games remaining.

Dalglish was the last manager to lead Liverpool to glory in an era when league titles were routinely hoarded at Anfield.

"If you'd have said that, you would have been arrested and sectioned," he told BT Sport when asked for some immediate reaction to the end of the drought, for which he gives Klopp much of the credit.

"Sometimes things happen, but since Jurgen has come in he's been fantastic. He epitomises everything Liverpool Football Club stand for.

"It's not just a one off. Last year, they came within a point of it. They've won the Club World Cup, the Champions League... onwards and upwards and I think we've got a lot more happy days to look forward to."

Nevertheless, Dalglish feels having opponents of the quality of City, Chelsea and Manchester United means a prolonged spell of dominance is unlikely.

He also cited City's failure to replace influential captain Vincent Kompany for this season as a pivotal moment in the destination of the title, with Pep Guardiola's shaky backline again found wanting in an error-strewn showing at Stamford Bridge.

"It’s hard work to dominate the English league, when you've got sides the quality of Manchester City," Dalglish added.

"Manchester City's problems have always been in the back four. And losing Vincent Kompany. I don't think they’ve replaced him. They need someone in there who can be a replacement for Vincent Kompany.

"They've got some fantastic players. They're going to lose one of the best when David Silva leaves at the end of the season.

"There are some fantastic teams. Chelsea and Man U are kicking on for next season. So, I don't think they'll dominate."

Bill Shankly laid the foundations, yet it was Bob Paisley who started Liverpool's love affair with the European Cup.

Shankly's former assistant steered the Merseyside club to their maiden success in the competition, way back in 1977. Just 12 months later and they had made history at Wembley, becoming the first English team to retain the trophy.

There have been difficult moments in a complicated relationship since, but the tournament – now known as the Champions League of course – remains special to the Reds.

Take a trip down memory lane with a recap of the six occasions when Liverpool ruled the roost in Europe, starting with a famous Italian job...

 

1977: NO PLACE LIKE ROME FOR REDS

Having won the UEFA Cup in 1975-76, Paisley's side went all the way in Europe's showpiece club tournament the following campaign.

The route to Rome was far from straightforward, though. Against both Trabzonspor and Saint-Etienne – the beaten finalists in 1976 – they had to overcome losing the first leg 1-0 on their travels, memorably beating the French side 3-1 on a famous night at Anfield to progress.

Borussia Monchengladbach were their opponents at the Stadio Olimpico in what was a repeat of the 1973 UEFA Cup final, the German side skippered by Berti Vogts and also including Jupp Heynckes.

Terry McDermott put Liverpool ahead and while Allan Simonsen levelled in the second half, goals from defensive duo Tommy Smith and Phil Neal, who converted from the penalty spot, secured a 3-1 triumph.

1978: KING KENNY RULES AT WEMBLEY

Liverpool had beaten Club Brugge to lift the UEFA Cup two years earlier, only this time their European Cup meeting was not over two legs.

The English club had once again beaten Monchengladbach in the competition, this time by a 4-2 aggregate scoreline in the last four, to secure a trip to the familiar surroundings of Wembley for the final.

Kevin Keegan had gone by this time but Paisley signed Kenny Dalglish as a replacement and the Scotsman was the hero against the Belgians, scoring the only goal of the game to give captain Emlyn Hughes the opportunity to once again lift the famous trophy.

A throughball from compatriot Graeme Souness allowed Dalglish to deftly lift a finish over the advancing Birger Jensen as the deadlock was broken just after the hour.

1981: ALAN THE KEY AS KENNEDY UNLOCKS MADRID

After failing to get beyond the first round in the previous two seasons, Paisley masterminded another triumph in 1981.

Alex Ferguson's Aberdeen were brushed aside to set up a semi-final clash with Bayern Munich. After a 0-0 draw at Anfield, Ray Kennedy's late strike secured a 1-1 result in the return fixture in Bavaria, a result good enough to see Liverpool progress on away goals.

Real Madrid awaited at the Parc des Princes, the Spanish heavyweights making their first appearance in the final of the tournament since 1966. A simmering contest rarely came to the boil, but was eventually settled in the 82nd minute.

Alan Kennedy – who had been an injury doubt beforehand – ran onto namesake Ray's throw-in down Liverpool's left flank and after evading one defender, fired the ball beyond Madrid goalkeeper Agustin Rodriguez from a tight angle.

1984: SPAGHETTI LEGS TIE UP ROMA IN SHOOT-OUT

Seven years after seeing off Monchengladbach in Rome, Liverpool - now under the guidance of Joe Fagan, promoted from within to replace the retired Paisley in 1983 - returned to the scene of their first European Cup success to face opponents with a distinct advantage.

Roma made it through to play in the final at their own ground in dramatic circumstances, overcoming a 2-0 first-leg deficit to eliminate Dundee United 3-2 on aggregate.

Phil Neal capitalised on a loose ball to put the Reds ahead early on against the Italians, only for Roberto Puzzo to equalise with a glancing header before the break.

With no further goals, even during extra time, penalties were required to decide the winners. Goalkeeper Bruce Grobbelaar's spaghetti legs trick seemingly worked to put off Francesco Graziani, allowing Alan Kennedy to slot in the winner as he once again delivered on the grandest stage.

2005: MILAN AND THE MIRACLE OF ISTANBUL

Having endured a fright at home to Olympiacos, only making it out of the group phase thanks to Steven Gerrard's late wonder strike, Rafa Benitez's squad overcame Chelsea in an all-English semi-final due to what will forever be remembered as a 'ghost goal' from Luis Garcia.

They had impressively shut out Jose Mourinho's title winners twice to go through, yet were cut open by a ruthless Milan during the first 45 minutes of the final in Istanbul.

Hernan Crespo struck twice to give the Italians a commanding 3-0 lead after Paolo Maldini's first-minute opener, yet a half-time substitution and a change in formation resulted in a stunning turnaround. With experienced holding midfielder Dietmar Hamann on for full-back Steve Finnan, Liverpool scored three times in a six-minute spell to draw level – the talismanic Gerrard inspiring a fightback for the ages with his emphatic header.

Jerzy Dudek spectacularly denied Andriy Shevchenko in extra time and then did the same again in the shoot-out, following on from earlier misses by Serginho and Andrea Pirlo. Somehow, against all the odds, the Reds had prevailed.

2019: RED REDEMPTION AS KLOPP ENDS TROPHY WAIT

Few saw Liverpool reaching a second successive Champions League final after they lost 3-0 away to Barcelona in the first leg of their last-four tie in 2019.

Yet despite being without Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah for the second meeting, Divock Origi – aided by a corner taken quickly – swept away the Spanish champions at Anfield, with Lionel Messi and company suffering an embarrassing 4-0 loss.

There were no such fireworks in Madrid, however, as a meeting with Premier League rivals Tottenham – who produced a stunning semi-final comeback of their own to knock out Ajax in Amsterdam – failed to live up to the hype.

Salah scored from the spot after Moussa Sissoko was adjudged to have handled inside the opening 30 seconds, while that man Origi cemented his cult-hero status with a late second off the bench. A year after losing to Real Madrid, Liverpool claimed the first trophy of Jurgen Klopp's reign in the Spanish capital.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is similar to club legend Kenny Dalglish when it comes to building a rapport with players, according to Charlie Adam.

Klopp's squad were on the brink of being crowned Premier League champions – their first top-flight title in 30 years – when the season was suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic, losing just once in the domestic campaign to turn a potential title race into a procession.

The German coach has overseen huge improvement in the team's fortunes since taking charge in October 2015, sealing the first trophy of his reign last June with victory over Tottenham in the Champions League final.

Former Liverpool midfielder Adam is impressed by both the passion and the professionalism displayed by Klopp, seeing a comparison to his experiences with Daglish, who was in charge when the midfielder signed for the Reds.

"Both seem to be very well liked, very open to the players, they seem to embrace the players a lot," Adam told Stats Perform. 

"I don't know Jurgen to work with, but what I see from the outside is he's an incredibly passionate man and his work ethic is amazing.

"The people I speak to at the club say he's there early in the morning, gets his work done and he goes home and he just keeps it simple.

"He's got great players but you have to organise them and set a way and a discipline of how to play and he seems to have done that and he's getting results from it. 

"Somebody that embraces you, shows you passion and a bit of love is what every player wants and he's phenomenal. 

"He's got great players around him and he seems to have got the best solutions for Liverpool at the moment."

Adam joined in July 2011 after impressing during Blackpool's solitary season in the Premier League, with Dalglish doing all he could to help his fellow Scotsman settle in at the club.

Their season together included winning the EFL Cup, though finishing up in eighth place in the table led to the end of Dalglish's second spell in charge.

"I was just lucky every day that when he was manager he would come and speak and come and sit and have lunch and make sure I was okay," Adam recalls of life under his compatriot.

"I think a little because I was Scottish as well, that helped. He made sure everything was okay and it was great to be part of that and just being in his company was phenomenal.

"And that year we won the Carling Cup and got to an FA Cup final as well, so we did okay.

"I think that started the trend because Liverpool hadn't won a trophy for a number of years and we were fortunate enough we were the team that managed to get them on that roll again and get them to cup finals."

Jurgen Klopp said Liverpool's players reacted with shock when informed Kenny Dalglish had tested positive for coronavirus and expressed relief the Reds legend has since returned home from hospital.

Dalglish tested positive on Wednesday while attending hospital for treatment on gallstones but was discharged on Saturday after showing no symptoms of COVID-19.

The news of Dalglish's test had an emotional impact on the current Liverpool squad according to Klopp, who said the situation was discussed in a group on the WhatsApp messaging platform.

"It was a real shock three days ago when I heard about it first," Klopp told Liverpool's official website.

"The boys were sent a message in our WhatsApp group and everybody was like, 'wow'.

"What you feel in that moment is a massive difference if you know somebody who got the virus, or if you don't know.

"In this moment, it was like, 'wow, one of us has it' and it was really crazy."

Dalglish arrived at Liverpool as a player in 1977 and won six league titles and three European Cups during a spell that saw him become player-manager from 1985 until 1990.

Klopp indicated the closeness between his players and Dalglish, saying: "We all know this terrible disease is causing heartache all over the world, but this was the first time for many of us someone we have such a personal connection to was affected to this extent.

"I had the opportunity to text immediately with one of his daughters and we spoke about it. She was quite, not relaxed, but she was fine and said it looked all well – and two days later we heard he was released from hospital.

"It's good news – very good news – and I hope he is doing well still.

"We all know Kenny and we love him. We just sent him all our thoughts and prayers in that moment, but maybe he didn't need it, which is even better."

Liverpool great Kenny Dalglish has left hospital after testing positive for coronavirus.

The 69-year-old had been admitted for treatment on gallstones on Wednesday and was given a routine coronavirus test, which came back positive.

Dalglish, who was showing no symptoms, was released on Saturday and is now in self-isolation at home.

Writing in The Sunday Post, the former Celtic and Scotland star paid tribute to the NHS staff who looked after him.

"They were absolutely brilliant," he said. "As a nation, we are all very fortunate to have them and I wish them all well as they work tirelessly to help the country through this pandemic."

Dalglish won four Scottish league titles and five domestic cups with Celtic before signing for Liverpool in 1977.

A glittering Anfield career delivered six league titles and three European Cups as player and then player-manager from 1985 until 1990.

Dalglish was in charge during the 1989 Hillsborough disaster, in which 96 Liverpool fans died during a crush in an FA Cup match. He won widespread acclaim for his support of the victims' families.

Dalglish won the Premier League in 1995 as manager of Blackburn Rovers and later had spells in charge of Newcastle United and Celtic before returning to Liverpool for 2011-12, in which they won the EFL Cup and reached the final of the FA Cup, losing to Chelsea.

Liverpool heroes Ian Rush and Steven Gerrard sent messages of support to the king of the Kop, Kenny Dalglish, after the Scot tested positive for coronavirus.

The news was announced on Friday, in a message from Dalglish's family that said the 69-year-old is asymptomatic.

Scotland great Dalglish had been attending hospital on Wednesday for treatment on an infection when he was tested for COVID-19 and "unexpectedly" was shown to be carrying the virus.

Rush, who partnered Dalglish in Liverpool's attack in the 1980s and is Liverpool's record scorer, wrote on Instagram: "Wishing a speedy recovery to the best...Sir Kenny Dalglish. Get well soon #YNWA"

Gerrard captained Liverpool during Dalglish's second spell in charge at Anfield, which ended in May 2012, and the pair have a close relationship.

Now manager of Rangers, Gerrard wrote: "Get well soon king."

Liverpool's current goalkeeper Alisson sent his well wishes, writing: "Love from Becker family to Sir Kenny Dalglish!!"

Reds past and present, Robbie Keane and James Milner, both sent "Get well soon Sir Kenny" messages, echoed by former England striker Gary Lineker and the Scottish Football Association.

Celtic, the club where Dalglish began his playing career, said: "Sending our love and best wishes to @kennethdalglish following tonight's news. Get well soon, King Kenny."

Newcastle United and Blackburn, who he also managed, also rallied behind Dalglish.

Former Blackburn centre-back Colin Hendry, who helped Dalglish's team to the 1994-95 Premier League title, backed the Scot to return to full health.

Hendry wrote on Twitter: "To one of the biggest influences on my career ...my boyhood idol .. my then manager .......King Kenny. Another match you'll win ...I'm sure xx"

Liverpool great Kenny Dalglish has tested positive for coronavirus, the Premier League club announced on Friday.

The Reds issued a statement provided by Dalglish's family, explaining the 69-year-old former Scotland international was in hospital regarding a different matter on Wednesday but was given a COVID-19 test.

"Sir Kenny was admitted to hospital on Wednesday, April 8, for treatment of an infection which required intravenous antibiotics," the statement read.

"In keeping with current procedures, he was subsequently tested for COVID-19 despite having previously displayed no symptoms of the illness. Unexpectedly, the test result was positive but he remains asymptomatic.

"Prior to his admission to hospital, Sir Kenny had chosen to voluntarily self-isolate for longer than the advised period together with his family. He would urge everyone to follow the relevant government and expert guidance in the days and weeks ahead.

"He would like to take this opportunity to thank the brilliant NHS staff, whose dedication, bravery and sacrifice should be the focus of the nation's attention at this extraordinary time.

"He would also ask that they are given the space to do their jobs during what is an extremely challenging time for them and that his own family's privacy is respected.

"He looks forward to being home soon. We will provide further updates as and when it is appropriate."

Dalglish is widely recognised as Liverpool's finest player. He joined the club from Celtic, where he had also enjoyed great success, in 1977, and went on to win six league titles as a player with the Reds, including one as player-manager in the 1985-86 double-winning season.

He also won three European Cups as a player with Liverpool, thriving under bosses Bob Paisley and Joe Fagan before taking the reins himself.

His first spell as manager ended in February 1991 and took in the Hillsborough disaster, when his leadership and his compassion towards the bereaved in the aftermath showed Dalglish at his best off the pitch.

Dalglish led Liverpool to their most recent English league title in the 1989-90 season, before managing Blackburn Rovers to Premier League glory in 1994-95.

He later took charge at Newcastle United, before a second spell as Liverpool manager followed, Dalglish in command at Anfield from January 2011 until May 2012.

Kenny Dalglish was "hugely disappointed" as David Duckenfield was found not guilty of gross negligence manslaughter over the 1989 Hillsborough disaster, but the Liverpool legend remained "immensely proud" of the affected families.

Former South Yorkshire Police chief superintendent Duckenfield was the match commander on April 15, 1989, when Liverpool played Nottingham Forest in an FA Cup semi-final at the home of Sheffield Wednesday.

He was charged over the deaths of 95 people who died in crushes at the Leppings Lane end of the stadium. A 96th supporter, Tony Bland, later lost his life.

A jury returned a not guilty verdict on Thursday, following a retrial at Preston Crown Court.

Dalglish, a former Liverpool player and two-time manager, was in charge of the Reds at the time of the disaster and has since supported families of the victims in their pursuit of justice.

After current boss Jurgen Klopp sent "thoughts and love" to the families at a news conference on Friday, Dalglish released a statement on Twitter where he vowed to carry on supporting those affected.

"Like anyone who has seen at close quarters the dignified way that the families have conducted themselves in the fight for justice, [wife] Marina and I are hugely disappointed by yesterday's verdict," Dalglish said.

"We had hoped that the families would get the outcome that they wanted and that they clearly deserved, but that hasn't proven to be the case.

"The rest of us must now continue to offer whatever support they might need.

"From a personal point of view, I am immensely proud of everything that the families and their supporters have achieved over the last three decades.

"In the face of tragedy and with so much against them, they have persevered with the utmost integrity and in a way that shames all who have let them down.

"I know there cannot be any consolation in a situation like this, but I would hope that they can take some comfort from the fact that so many good people will still stand beside them."

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