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He also secured Champions League football last term but there are some that feel not much has changed on the pitch.

I've met some Evertonians in the street and they've been friendly. I've had taxi drivers who have been Everton fans. They've been really nice. At the beginning I thought 'okay, maybe they're happy I'm here because they think that means Liverpool won't have any success for the next 20 years!'

The Dutch centre-back has transformed Liverpool defensively. He has proved to the leader the Reds' backline had been missing since Jamie Carragher's retirement.

Meanwhile Liverpool, had £32.5m Christian Benteke as their main man in attack. It would take a brave man to replace a proven Premier League goalscorer in attack with a then-midfielder struggling at the start of his first season in England.

"That means in this moment he is not ready, but we will see later."

Lijnders is clearly an avid reader of the writing of former American basketball player and coach John Wooden and, in what sounded like one of the foundation stones of the successful Anfield teams of the 1970s and 1980s, cited his philosophy as the one to follow.

“In the end, it’s hectic and everyone is going down. But it was an important game, and everybody tries to do it like that. I don’t want to say Paris didn’t deserve [fouls], and I don’t expect help from a ref, I just expect him to calm all these things down.

“Whose idea was this to have two games in the semi final?! Strange!”

“But again, we lost because they scored two, we scored one and we didn’t play good enough.”

“At the end I just wanted to say thank you, I don’t know if this is normal in England or things like this. But together with the team it was great. It was absolutely great.”

2) Best moment - when you believed the Reds were back

“There were hard times in the last two years in the EU with Greece, countries in southern Europe really struggling financially, then refugees because of the crisis in Syria.

4) Best decision - Getting Brazilian to lead the line

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“I heard someone say ‘The Prince of Wales’ - I love it! I said it twice this morning… I’m not sure that he loves it too much!”

Concussed or not, Karius' clangers cost Liverpool the match, and the speed with which Klopp reacted when it became clear that Karius had not recovered from the psychological trauma of that evening in a pre-season friendly at Tranmere a few months later was admirable.

“If such a fantastic country and if a strong partner like Great Britain wants to try to go the way alone, I don’t see the benefit.

The German was unhappy that Szymon Marciniak produced only a yellow card for Marco Verratti’s studs-up challenge on Joe Gomez at 0-0.

I've also got a soft spot for the 5-4 win at Norwich City in Klopp's first season.

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But take a breath, step back and view the bigger picture, and things are actually rather rosy at Liverpool. Since losing 4-1 to Tottenham in October, Klopp’s team have won seven out of nine games, drawn the other two, scored 32 goals and conceded just six. They have notched 62 goals in 24 games, which the club have previously managed only once, during the 1895-96 season.

“There are a lot of things you can do. You can give yellow cards for everything. If you go down, you act like you die and then the next moment you get up, yellow card. It’s possible. It’s unsportsmanlike behaviour.

The Reds boss sent Loris Karius on loan to Besiktas, made a wantaway Simon Mignolet stay put and paid a world record fee for Alisson Becker.

Liverpool could also be without defender Andy Robertson who suffered a dead leg.

“These young players are our future. If we handle them like horses then we get horses.”

“I stood there and thought ‘Oh, that’s a nice cross from me, he thought from a six-yard distance, come on throw it in and get a thumbs up from everyone.’"

"I don’t care, write or think what you want. I had a very good view of it, and it was for sure not the same colour as these 500 other yellow cards.

“I would really like to change my personality but I can’t forget this f***ing loss against Crystal Palace.”

With Liverpool’s last trophy coming back in 2012, I’ve got to go for one of the near-misses to ending that run as the worst moment.

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Jurgen Klopp is anything but.

Worst Jurgen Klopp

“It’s not about the size of the squad or how many players we have, it’s about using the time for training to get better, using this experience tonight and I promise everyone, we will use it. We will use it. We will come back stronger 100 per cent.”

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp was fined 8,000 pounds ($10,183) on Tuesday for running onto the field of play after Divock Origi scored a 96th-minute winner in the weekend's Merseyside derby against Everton at Anfield.

Klopp has enjoyed success with Mainz, Borussia Dortmund and now Liverpool, and his Dutch assistant Pepijn Lijnders has revealed how he manages to get the best out of his players

Essentially, however, this is a free hit for Allardyce. Certainly there is more pressure on Klopp to mastermind a win given Liverpool’s home advantage and overall superiority. He too will have a plan but should the worst happen for the hosts, scrutiny will no doubt come the way of the man in charge.

Liverpool were in control of that Europa League final against Sevilla.

Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane were sublime. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was a real Liverpool player. No-one expected such an impressive victory at Anfield but what a night.

In that regard, this has been a curious season for Klopp. Those who deal regularly with the 50-year-old say they have noticed an increased level of irritation and agitation on his part, particularly with the media. Questions have been posed about exactly how much Liverpool have progressed under the German, and he has replied sharply and defiantly.