Klopp warned of ‘heartbreak’ if Liverpool don’t retain Premier League title

Jurgen Klopp has been warned his Liverpool players face 'heartbreak' if they don't retain the Premier League title.

The Reds are aiming to equal Manchester United's record of 20 top-flight crowns this season after rampaging to the prize last term under Klopp.

But the coronavirus lockdown denied the players a chance to celebrate with the fans after they ended the club's 30-year wait for the title.

And treble-winning goalkeeper Sander Westerveld has urged Liverpool to defend their crown in style this season – so that they can enjoy another parade like the one that saw thousands turn out to welcome home their Champions League-winning heroes in 2019.

Westerveld played 61 out of the 63 matches during the 2000/01 season, when the Reds won the UEFA Cup, the FA Cup and the League Cup under Gerard Houllier.

And the Dutchman said as a Liverpool fan, it was a dream come true to celebrate the moment with the club's supporters.

"The best thing about Liverpool is that it is difficult to make history," said Westerveld on the Blood Red podcast.

"You can win a league or you can win the Champions League – but we won six, and 19 leagues."

Liverpool also won the UEFA Super Cup and the Community Shield in 2001 and Westerveld added: "We made history, winning five trophies in one calendar year and that makes me so proud.

"But it is so difficult now that finally you win the title and you are not able to celebrate it with the fans and show the fans the trophy.

"Maybe it is too much to say ‘heartbreaking’ but it is not the same.

"Klopp says that in the season when it is possible we will [have a parade], and hopefully the players have the same feeling.

"Sharing that moment with the fans is just the most important and I was so heartbroken when you see the cup at Anfield and you can’t share it with a full stadium."

Westerveld said Liverpool's players will never forget the scenes after they beat Tottenham at the Wanda Metropolitano to win the club's sixth European Cup – and he knows they'll want that feeling again at the end of this season.

"Look at the images from Madrid with the fans – those are the moments you never win in your life. I had a video recorder with me on the bus [in 2001] and I still watch the video sometimes. You cannot explain the feeling you have as players.

"You can see on the faces on all the people – that is why we play football. You can talk about the money, but to make the fans happy after so long was what made the people cry.

"There was so much happiness – it was the best feeling of my life. Some of the players had the luck of winning the Champions League and it was an even bigger parade but that was the best moment of my football life.

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"Hopefully they win the league this year with fans and they can make up for that because as a football player, especially for me, I play for legacy and for the people and for myself and the feeling of winning.

"When you look back at your career, you look back at the legacy and the trophy that you left behind and making history."

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