Liverpool may have succeeded Manchester City as Premier League champions this week, yet Jurgen Klopp thinks Pep Guardiola remains the world's leading coach. 

City's 2-1 loss to Chelsea on Thursday confirmed it will be Klopp's Reds ending the 2019-20 campaign at the top of the table - the first time they have won English football's top flight in 30 years.

Guardiola's side had won the title with 100 and 98 points respectively in the previous two seasons, but this time around they find themselves 23 behind Klopp's runaway leaders having lost eight games - as many as ninth-placed Arsenal - in the Premier League.

Klopp's stock is growing as he added the Premier League trophy to the Champions League won by Liverpool last term, with former Barcelona boss Guardiola having so far come up short in Europe's premier club competition with both Bayern Munich and City.

However, Klopp still views his rival as he finest tactician around.

Asked if he must now be considered the world's greatest coach, Klopp told Bild: "I can't do anything with the title 'best coach in the world'.

"But I know that together with the whole trainer team we are very good coaches. But I think Pep Guardiola is the best coach of the world."

Prior to this season, Klopp had been the nearly man with Liverpool as he ended up on the losing side in the EFL Cup and Europa League finals in 2016, and the Champions League final two years later.

However, Klopp believes continuity has been key having seen Dortmund - a side that he took to back-to-back Bundesliga titles between 2010 and 2012 - finish seventh in his final campaign in charge after a number of his leading players departed.

"I didn't do much differently than before the lost finals in previous years," Klopp added.

"We made a lot of right decisions together. If I have a talent, it is probably that I can bring extremely good people together. For example, my coaching staff is exceptional, but there is no single recipe.

"It is also important that we have continued to develop. The problem in Dortmund was that our team fell apart. That didn't happen here and now the team has been exceptionally constant for two and a half years.

"We play every game as if it were the last one because we have nothing else to do on weekends."

Liverpool have urged fans to wait to celebrate their Premier League title triumph after some supporters were seen flouting social distancing measures. 

Jubilant fans took to the streets on Thursday and Friday after Manchester City's 2-1 loss at Chelsea left them unable to catch Jurgen Klopp's side in the table, meaning the Reds wrapped up a first top-flight title since 1990 with seven games to spare. 

United Kingdom government guidance remains for people from separate households to stay two metres away from one another during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. 

Liverpool City Council on Friday tweeted a photo of revellers and said: "Celebrations are continuing into a second evening in Liverpool – but please remember that COVID-19 still poses a threat. It's vital that you keep your distance from others who are not in your household." 

Merseyside Police subsequently put a dispersal order in place around the city centre until Sunday to avoid further mass gatherings. 

A joint statement issued by the club, Merseyside Police and Liverpool City Council on Saturday said: "Throughout the last week, Liverpool Football Club, Merseyside Police, Liverpool City Council and Spirit of Shankly have worked together to consistently remind people that the region is still disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and ask people to celebrate LFC's Premier League title win safely. 

"Several thousand people turned up at the Pier Head on Friday, June 26 and some chose to ignore the social distancing guidance and risk public safety. 

"Our city is still in a public health crisis and this behaviour is wholly unacceptable.  

"The potential danger of a second peak of COVID-19 still exists and we need to work together to make sure we don't undo everything that has been achieved as a region during lockdown.  

"When it is safe to do so, we will all work together to arrange a victory parade when everyone can come together to celebrate. Until that time, the safety of our city and our people continues to be our number one priority." 

Premier League success has increased Liverpool's hunger to win trophies and enter a "period of sustained success", says chairman Tom Werner.

Liverpool were crowned champions of England on Thursday after Manchester City's 2-1 loss at Chelsea left Pep Guardiola's side 23 points adrift of the Reds with seven games remaining.

Jurgen Klopp masterminded the end of the club's 30-year wait for top-flight glory and will now turn his attention to surpassing City's single-season Premier League record of 100 points.

It is the fourth trophy Liverpool have won since Klopp arrived at Anfield in October 2015 – they won the Champions League, UEFA Super Cup and Club World Cup last year – and Werner believes there is a significant appetite for more silverware.

"We certainly have no plans to do anything else but enjoy other successes with Liverpool," Werner told The Athletic. "My hope is that this kind of outstanding play can be replicated again next season. We have certainly reached quite a pinnacle with this achievement.

"We're hopefully entering another period of sustained success. The competition is fierce. I know our rivals are working tirelessly to upend us. But we have such talent in place."

He praised the eagerness and "humble" nature of Liverpool's players, saying he had "such fondness" for them as people as well as sportsmen.

"Winning the Premier League it just makes us all hungrier to continue our journey here and give the supporters even more trophies," Werner added. "We're already thinking about next season and planning.

"We are on this path to give back to our fans the joy that existed many years ago when Liverpool were undeniably the greatest club in English football. It's arguable that we're back at that place again and it's a wonderful place to be."

Werner added: "If I'd said … last July that this moment would not only occur but would occur with such a points gap between Liverpool and the rest of the league, you would have thought I was crazy. It's a singular achievement. All the kudos and accolades to Jurgen and the team."

Liverpool were just two wins away from success when the Premier League was suspended for three months amid the coronavirus pandemic.

With uncertainty about how the season would be completed, some suggested the Reds' title glory would forever have an asterisk next to it.

Werner disagrees with that theory and said: "What's important is that in 20 years people won't remember the odd circumstances of 2019-20 with COVID-19. They will remember that Liverpool won the league and they will remember that we deserved to win the league."

Jurgen Klopp has built a mighty red machine at Liverpool, and Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti admits he is a fan of the German's achievement.

Liverpool's 30-year wait for an English league title came to an end this week when closest rivals Manchester City ran out of games with which to catch them.

A dominant season by the men from Anfield has seen them secure Premier League glory with a record seven games to spare.

There might be considerable envy from supporters on the blue side of the city, but Ancelotti has only praise for Liverpool and Klopp.

He told Sky Sport Italia: "I have a great relationship with him. We met last week when everything was virtually decided and I congratulated him.

"Klopp is the architect of this success. Not only for this victory in the Premier League, but for everything he's managed to achieve since arriving five years ago.

"With patience, he's succeeded in building a perfect machine."

Ancelotti lives in Crosby, away from the bustle of Liverpool, but reported hearing "a few bangs" after the Reds' long-awaited triumph was confirmed on Thursday.

Although he has Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum as a neighbour, Ancelotti said the Dutchman was out celebrating so not at home.

Everton face a stiff task to close the gap on their local rivals, but the appointment of Ancelotti in December looked a possible watershed moment for them.

He has not yet been able to nudge the Toffees into a European place, but despite sitting 12th in the Premier League they remain in that race, given seventh-placed Tottenham are just four points better off.

"Will Everton be the last team in my career? I don't know," said the former Milan and Real Madrid boss. "But honestly I'd like to make a long-term plan with this club."

Achraf Hakimi appears to have found a new home.

The Morocco international has impressed during his loan spell at Borussia Dortmund, attracting plenty of interest.

But LaLiga giants Real Madrid are reportedly ready to cash in on Achraf.

 

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Inter have agreed a deal to sign Achraf Hakimi from Real Madrid, according to Sky Sport Italia.

Achraf has spent the past two seasons on loan at Borussia Dortmund, who have been interested in signing the Morocco international permanently.

Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain have been among the clubs interested in Achraf, but Madrid are set to sell the 21-year-old to Antonio Conte's Inter for a reported €40million fee.

 

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- Sport1 claims Leroy Sane's proposed move to Bayern Munich is on hold until 2021. The Manchester City star is tipped to leave the Etihad Stadium for Bundesliga champions Bayern, though the two clubs have been unable to strike a deal. Sane now looks likely to depart once his contract expires next year.

Arthur will travel to Turin in the coming days to undergo a medical ahead of his move to Juventus, according to RAC1. Barcelona midfielder Arthur is set to join Juve, with Miralem Pjanic moving in the opposite direction.

Roma are plotting a move for free agent Edinson Cavani, says Calciomercato. Cavani is available on a free transfer after leaving PSG, with Atletico Madrid, Inter and Napoli eyeing the Uruguayan forward.

- Sport reports the Champions League will determine Neymar's future at PSG. Neymar has long been linked with a return to Barca following his world-record departure in 2017.

- Calciomercato says Milan are focused on signing Salzburg sensation Dominik Szoboszlai. However, PSG and Arsenal are also among the teams eyeing the 19-year-old Hungarian.

Manchester United are among the possible destinations for Arsenal midfielder Matteo Guendouzi, who faces an uncertain future with the London club, according to L'Equipe.

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 chairman Tom Werner lauded the impact of Jurgen Klopp after the manager led the Reds to their first league title since 1990.

Klopp's Liverpool ended a 30-year wait to be crowned English champions thanks to Manchester City's 2-1 Premier League loss to Chelsea on Thursday.

Liverpool sealed the drought-ending triumph with seven matches remaining, having narrowly missed out by one point to City last season.

Werner hailed Klopp, who took over in 2015 and oversaw Liverpool's 2018-19 Champions League victory.

"I didn't have the pleasure of knowing or watching the great football of [Bill] Shankly and [Bob] Paisley, so I don't really want to compare Jurgen to previous managers," Werner said. 

"I just know that the league is extremely competitive and when we first became involved in Liverpool over 10 years ago, we were not even thinking about winning the league. Our dream was to just become top four and make it to the Champions League. 

"He has just created such an atmosphere at Liverpool that there's no alternative except to win. He has created such an atmosphere. 

"One of the things that I'm just joyful about whenever I watch the team is how many players contribute. It doesn't just lie on the shoulders of our wonderful striker or our wonderful goalkeeper. 

"So many players contribute – from [Jordan] Henderson to [Roberto] Firmino, to [Alex] Oxlade-Chamberlain, to [Georginio] Wijnaldum, to Fabinho, to [Virgil] Van Dijk. 

"I also enjoy their joy because I saw a video of them last night celebrating together and you could just feel the camaraderie that this club has. We celebrated this as a club." 

"All of us were so delighted because this has been a long march," he added. "I know that our supporters struggled for 30 years to reach this pinnacle. My first thought was to just share that moment with our supporters because without them, the club is nothing. 

"As Jurgen said, our supporters provided such an incredible contribution to winning the league – not just this year, but every year. 

"My hope is that all of us who are supporters of the club can take a moment today and this week to safely celebrate what is a remarkable achievement." 

Liverpool's ascent to become Premier League champions under Jurgen Klopp has given Mikel Arteta belief that he can plot a similar revival at Arsenal.

Manchester City's 2-1 loss to Chelsea on Thursday meant the Reds were confirmed as champions of English football for the first time in 30 years.

In the intervening period, Arsenal won four league championships and they finished above Liverpool in Klopp's first season in 2015-16.

However, the two have gone in opposite directions since, with the Reds having claimed twice as many points as the Gunners' 43 from 31 games.

Arteta, only appointed as the Gunners' head coach in December, admires how Klopp has transformed Liverpool and thinks it should serve as encouragement to his current squad.

"They've come so far as a club and as a team in the last few seasons," Arteta said at a media conference.

"I think they set a very clear club culture that they have been able to transmit to the supporters and generate belief.

"I think they have a very clear philosophy with the way they want to play, the way they approach every game, and then they've got some really good recruitment.

"Starting from the staff and the coach and all the players they signed, they are specifically for the way they want to play so congratulations to them."

Asked whether Liverpool are an inspiration for Arsenal, Arteta replied: "Well, yes, because they were in a very difficult position four years ago and they made a lot of right decisions – some difficult decisions, some unpopular decisions but the right decisions for them.

"They have been very consistent with their messages, very clear messages from top to bottom, and a ruthless mentality to go every game with the mentality to win the game."

Klopp took Liverpool to two cup finals in his first campaign, though Liverpool lost on both occasions.

FA Cup glory may be Arteta's most realistic goal this term too given his side are 11 points adrift of the Champions League places.

The Gunners face Sheffield United in the quarter-final on Sunday.

"We are very excited," Arteta added.

"It is a competition that is very linked to this football club – that has won it more times than anybody else in this country.

"The players are excited, having the chance to go to Wembley even if it's empty, it's such a special occasion so we'll try hard.

"We're going to face a difficult opponent for sure but the boys are excited about it."

Jurgen Klopp has done "exceptional work" in leading Liverpool to the Premier League title, according to Bayern Munich head coach Hansi Flick.

The Reds' first domestic championship in 30 years was confirmed on Thursday when Manchester City's 2-1 loss to Chelsea left Liverpool with an unassailable 23-point lead with seven games remaining.

It represents Klopp's third top-flight title in his coaching career after he led Borussia Dortmund to back-to-back championships in 2010-11 and 2011-12.

Bayern have won each of the eight titles since and Flick – the man who guided them to their most recent one this season – is full of admiration for Klopp's work on Merseyside.

"We know each other and it is completely normal that you congratulate one another," said Flick

"He has done exceptional work at Liverpool. It's great to see. Not only the way they play football, but also the way in which he mobilised the whole club and the fans with his style. He caused a lot of emotions.

"It's a shame, just like for us, that the fans could not be part of it like they used to.

"It will go down in history, but it is something that we must deal with during this corona[virus]-time. Nevertheless, we are both very happy that we could win the title."

Klopp was appointed Liverpool boss in October 2015, four months after departing Dortmund.

He steered the Reds to a Champions League final in 2018 and though they lost to Real Madrid on that occasion, Klopp delivered the club's sixth European Cup last year following a victory over Tottenham in Madrid.

They came up short in the 2018-19 Premier League title race – finishing second to Manchester City despite accruing 97 points – but this time Klopp's men could not be stopped.

Bayer Leverkusen boss Peter Bosz believes the Liverpool hierarchy deserve praise for giving Klopp time to build something special.

"If he came from the Bundesliga or not – it's just amazing what he has achieved at Liverpool," Bosz said.

"They won the league for the first time in 30 years and won the Champions League last season.

"I think the most important thing is that the club gave him time. I think it's his fourth [full] season there now. He got the time to build a team.

"So if you work with a structure at a big club – and that was Liverpool before he got there – you can do great things."

Brendan Rodgers hailed "an incredible moment" in the history of Liverpool after his former club's Premier League title triumph.

The Reds' 30-year drought was ended after Manchester City's loss to Chelsea on Thursday left Jurgen Klopp's side with an unassailable 23-point lead.

It is the Anfield club's first top-flight championship of the Premier League era, having endured a handful of near-misses.

One such agonising failure came in the 2013-14 season, when Rodgers was at the helm and Liverpool missed out by two points after winning just one of their final three games.

With that experience under his belt, Leicester City boss Rodgers knows what the triumph will mean to the club and he hailed their achievement.

"Having witnessed it first-hand [being Liverpool manager], it's an incredible moment in their history," he said ahead of the Foxes' FA Cup clash with Chelsea on Sunday.

"Having felt it while I was there, the desire for it, I'm delighted for Jurgen, and in particular these last few years going so close.

"I'm delighted for Jordan Henderson, and for the supporters.

"Wherever you travel in the world as Liverpool manager, they are there in their thousands.

"I'm pleased for the owners too. They came into it new, they're fantastic owners."

Jurgen Klopp has vowed Liverpool will not stop after winning the Premier League, with the manager insisting his team will continue to improve.

The Reds have enjoyed a sensational season and wrapped up their first English title in 30 years on Thursday when Chelsea defeated second-placed Manchester City at Stamford Bridge.

Having won the Champions League last season too, Klopp is overjoyed at Liverpool's progress under his stewardship.

However, he does not see it as the culmination of his efforts, with the German stressing there is much more to come from his players.

"The last 13 months were pretty special for us, it's true," he told reporters.

"I would like to involve the year before because it was an incredible time in my football life. I didn't experience it before - not that good - the consistency the boys show is so exceptional. 

"We will not stop, we really have to stay focused, because we see the opportunity. I will promise we will improve. 

"But this will not mean we will win everything, but that we will improve. City is exceptional, so I cannot promise that we will win something. 

"If you ask my team at Mainz, they worked hard. Dortmund as well. This group is a mix – we have a lot of world class players, but other clubs do too. 

"The consistency comes from the mix of determination, buying into ideas, attitude, character, personality. 

“That's what makes this group special. They are confident because we won, but they are humble. If they stay humble, we have a good chance to be successful.

"It helped massively that we won the Champions League. It helps from a confidence point of view – from the nearly man to a winner. 

"We get a super push from our supporters, every two weeks we have the best atmosphere in football. 

"We have a good situation, we use our history instead of being held back by it. We will make sure we are still good from now on."

Klopp knows with Pep Guardiola at City at a time Chelsea and Manchester United are looking resurgent, the champions will face fierce competition going forward.

"If you want to win the league, it's pretty much not allowed to lose a game," he added.

"City have never stopped since Pep was there. We will try not to stop, to improve, to make things special. Tomorrow we train, that's how it is. 

"We have a common dream. We have big dreams. The more people dream the more important and stronger it gets. So we will not stop. 

"If you really go into detail, you'll see we have been doing this for three, four years. The intensity was never less, we were not as successful. 

"The boys are more experienced, more convinced. But we know other teams are there and will do a lot to improve their situation. 

"There will be hard fights, and the hard fight starts now."

Jurgen Klopp saw Liverpool's Premier League title triumph confirmed on Thursday, though he concedes it may be difficult to now end the season with 100 points.

Liverpool were crowned English champions for the first time in 30 years on Thursday when closest challengers Manchester City fell to a 2-1 defeat at Chelsea.

The Reds have racked up 86 points with seven games still to play, their next match coming away to City on July 2.

It is Pep Guardiola's City who hold the Premier League points record having reached 100 in 2017-18, while they narrowly saw off Liverpool with a tally of 98 last season.

But Liverpool manager Klopp feels the intense fixture schedule following the coronavirus-enforced delay means three figures could prove beyond his title-winning side.

Asked if they could reach 100 as he spoke to reporters on Friday, Klopp said: “The points sound pretty nice, but I am not sure if it is possible because six of the seven games we play in a short time. 

"We will have to make a lot of changes. We will need to be lucky. If a player gets injured it means they will not play the next five or six games.

"That is why I wanted to win it last night and not on the pitch. I didn't want to wait any longer. 

"This will be our hardest work. The opponents – City, then Aston Villa fighting, then Brighton, Burnley, Arsenal, Chelsea, Newcastle – they are all fighting for Europe or staying in the Premier League. 

"Of course we will try and we can give everyone a proper game if we play like we did against Crystal Palace."

Klopp was emotional after the title was secured and, a day later, also felt a sense of relief.

He said: "I'm happy. Really happy. Relieved. Last night I was overwhelmed, obviously. 

"But it's a very, very good moment in my life. It's a mix of all, shows me I'm not 100 per cent sure of myself. 

"It's a really big achievement, I know that. It was an incredible ride that the boys did and I'm so happy for them that they could do that."

Jurgen Klopp has no interest in seeing a statue of himself placed outside Anfield after leading Liverpool to Premier League glory.

Former Reds captain Steven Gerrard said last week the club should have been working on a statue of Klopp ahead of a title triumph that was finally sealed on Thursday.

Bill Shankly and Bob Paisley, two of Liverpool's most successful managers, have been immortalised in bronze in the Anfield grounds, while Kenny Dalglish has a stand named after him.

Klopp has now won the Champions League, UEFA Super Cup, Club World Cup and Premier League since arriving on Merseyside in October 2015.

However, he does not agree with Gerrard's assertion that a monument to commemorate his achievements is required.

"They got those statues when they were not here anymore. I want to live for another 30, 40 years, so I'm not interested in statues," Klopp told a media conference on Friday.

"I'm the manager of this team and we won the league, so people see this very positively I can imagine. I'm very positive about that as well, honestly, but we don't have to compare me with these iconic figures.

"What Bill Shankly did, where he took the club from in the second division, and then Bob was his assistant and took over and won pretty much everything. And Kenny Dalglish played for this club … was immediately successful as a manager, which is incredible.

"There is from my point of view no comparison possible. I am here for four and a half years, I came from Germany over here, tried to do my job, I love the city and the club, but there is no comparison needed."

Klopp believes the patience he has been afforded at Liverpool underpinned the achievement of winning their first top-flight title since 1990.

"I think the people had a positive opinion of myself when I came in, so that was really nice and helped a lot because it gave us time to achieve the things we have in the past two or three years," he said.

"The people wanted to have their own history as well, like the players had to write their own history and stories, so they were ready not to compare us too much with all these great, great figures. That gave us time and we used this time pretty well so it could happen.

"It's normal that fans are positive about the manager of the team when they are successful, but they know and I know as well how much it means to us and how important my coaches are.

"It would not be possible, that's the truth … I am the face of it, but a lot of the work the others do. That's how it is."

Having had concerns over the status of the season during the three-month suspension amid the coronavirus pandemic, Klopp was overjoyed to raise spirits in a city he has grown incredibly fond of.

"I know it means the world to them [the fans], it means the world to me, it's just exceptional," he said.

"I know so many people in Liverpool and they tell me exactly how much it means to them. I don't think I underestimate that. It's massive.

"What I really love is a successful football gives a city a lift. At this time all cities need a lift, Liverpool as well, and I'm really happy about that.

"This title is a sign that we played a good season, it's as well a sign for the future. There's some football and atmospheres you can look forward to and we need that in this moment in time. I'm really happy for our people.

"I feel very close with the city, even when I can't go in the city. From the first day, it clicked with the people. The welcome was great. I knew about expectations, but I felt immediately the people wanted to give us time.

"I love the way people see life, I love the way they want to be different, are different but are very special in a good way, how they are really common.

"If I didn't, we would not stay here for nine years – that's what we agreed on. It's a good package."

Jurgen Klopp is Bill Shankly "reincarnated in a German body", according to former Liverpool goalkeeper Bruce Grobbelaar.

Liverpool clinched their first top-flight title since 1990, when Grobbelaar was part of the team, after Manchester City fell to a 2-1 loss at Chelsea on Thursday.

It is Klopp's fourth trophy since arriving at Anfield in 2015, having also won the Champions League, UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup.

Shankly steered Liverpool out of the second tier in 1961-62 and went on to lift three top-flight titles, two FA Cups and the UEFA Cup during 15 years at the helm, during which he enjoyed a strong relationship with the supporters.

Grobbelaar thinks Klopp has the same understanding of the fanbase, making the club's latest triumph special.

He told Stats Perform News of Klopp: "He gets the people, he gets the fans. He's Shankly reincarnated in a German body. That's how good he is, because he gets the fans so easily.

"He goes into the city, he enjoys the banter with the fans. He is a typical Liverpool manager.

"And, yes, all the managers that we've had have been typical Liverpool managers, but the special ones - Shankly, Klopp - managed to go out and have drinks with the fans, that's what those two managers did.

"That's why I say he's Shankly reincarnated in a German body."

Liverpool lost the 2017-18 Champions League final to Real Madrid but then won that competition and finished second to City in the Premier League last term.

Grobbelaar hailed Klopp's ability to get more out of his players every year and hopes he can do the same with upcoming youngsters.

"He came in and said that he would win a trophy in four years; now we've got four trophies in those four years," said Grobbelaar.

"He makes players better. If you go back to where he came from, Mainz and Borussia Dortmund, the players that he had there have gone on to bigger things, he's made them better. So wherever he's been the players have actually elevated themselves.

"He's now come to Liverpool, he's made the players elevate themselves and made sure we got over the line in every single competition that we're in, made sure that we got better.

"We won the Champions League after losing in the final, so we got better. We won the league after coming second and only losing once last season, so we got better in that.

"He demands the players every single season get better. Every time we get on the pitch the old adage in saying, 'You're only as good as your last game, make sure you're better this one'. That is what he's instilled into our team, and it's just phenomenal."

Grobbelaar added: "Please keep [Klopp] there for seven years and all the rest of the players because I tell you what, we've got some youngsters coming through that are going to get into the side and they are going to be brilliant."

Virgil van Dijk is the best centre-back in world football according to Bayern Munich's Jerome Boateng.

Former Germany international Boateng has enjoyed a renaissance at Bayern this season, impressing alongside David Alaba at the heart of defence after Hansi Flick replaced Niko Kovac as head coach to guide the Bavarian giants to an eighth consecutive Bundesliga title.

But he feels Van Dijk, now himself a top-flight champion after Liverpool clinched Premier League glory on Thursday, stands apart among the elite.

"He is up there with his consistent performance," Boateng said during a Bayern 'Fan-Talk'.

"But I also like [Kalidou] Koulibaly from Napoli. [Sergio] Ramos from Real Madrid has been playing at a high level for a long time."

As for his own upturn, the 31-year-old Boateng is keen to give plenty of credit to Flick.

"Since Hansi Flick became coach, you feel good in training and in everything. The fun and good mood are back," he explained.

"Hansi is very special, otherwise he would not be so successful with the team.

"He gives us a lot of trust, everyone. He wants to improve everyone and he does that. He gives us an incredible amount of self-confidence."

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