Jurgen Klopp speaks about competing with Man City for the Premier League title, remaining relentless, and why triumph is mined from the lowest moments. watch Southampton vs Liverpool Premier League match from 11.30 pm on Tuesday; kick-off 12.30 am, Wednesday.

Amid the delirium of Liverpool achieving their third Champions League final in five years, Jürgen Klopp paused his celebrations to ping off crucial texts.

The first was received by wife Ulla, his heart. The next set was sent to the pair who were drafted in as Liverpool’s spine when, to recall the manager’s analogy during an almighty injury crisis, the team had broken its leg, then vertebrae, and found it difficult to move.

What Klopp has said:

“I messaged Rhys Williams and Nat Phillips because we wouldn’t be there without them,” Klopp tells Sky Sports News.

“I remember the final game of last season and they left the pitch with a bandage around the head, cuts on their faces, and that was really a symbol for the whole period. We went through on one leg, with one eye… it was incredible. It was such a tough season.”

The German is reclining in a media room at Liverpool’s training base on the anniversary of Alisson’s barely believable 95th-minute header against West Bromwich Albion, which helped clinch Champions League qualification and further fuel a fighting spirit that has provided the possibility of a quadruple.

Boris Johnson slaps down Jurgen Klopp for defending Liverpool fans booing  national anthem

It is why he is reflecting on what went before, and the contrast to where his side are with the League Cup and FA Cup already collected ahead of a decisive fortnight to determine the destination of the title and European glory.

“Hopefully nobody forgot how hard we fought to get here,” Klopp says of a time that seems so distant, so divorced from this reality.

“We felt it mentally. The public wasn’t shy of telling us that we underperformed and all these kind of things. You try to understand, you think ‘wait a minute, we’re facing teams in the strongest league in the world having played for the majority of the time without our full defence. We had no centre-halves, had to play midfielders in the last line, then had to use other players in midfield and nothing worked really.

“In the end, we played with two incredible players – Rhys and Nat – but we couldn’t use them earlier because they needed time to adapt. So, yes there was a bit of a point to prove and I’m really happy that the boys did that.

“Now we should really squeeze everything out of these competitions, which so far we are.”

Q&A: Klopp on competing with City and remaining relentless

In a wide-ranging conversation with Sky Sports News‘ senior reporter Melissa Reddy, Klopp detailed why ‘intense’ doesn’t quite capture how exacting it is to compete with Manchester City for the title, remaining relentless, and why triumph is mined from the lowest moments…

Melissa Reddy: “Pep Guardiola said the league battle goes down to the wire with City and Liverpool due to the uncompromising nature of both teams?”

Jurgen Klopp: “It’s good to be honest. And he is right. I can give all the compliments because it’s incredible. The consistency City show, the quality they have… it’s a team full of wonderful footballers.

“And then, and the most challenging thing is when you have these talented boys to make it clear the importance of throwing everything on the pitch – and they do it! I really respect that a lot, and we do it as well. It’s the same mix.

“We are different teams with similar skills and I’m not sure intense is even the right word anymore. The levels we push each other to is absolutely crazy.

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