Liverpool “tried everything” to win the Premier League title but completing 2nd to Manchester City became “handiest step one”, says supervisor Jurgen Klopp.
The Reds beat Wolves 2-0 to finish on 97 factors; the very best ever factors tally for any runner-up in any of Europe’s top five leagues.
“We desired to jot down our very own records and we did,” Klopp instructed BBC Sport.
“The crew made so many massive steps inside the remaining yr. We made a much bigger bounce development sensible.”
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The German added: “The boys pushed themselves to new levels, which I love, and that development and improvement isn’t always finished. It is the first attempt. This team is one of the satisfactory that ever performed for Liverpool; one hundred%.
“As long as Manchester City are around with their monetary power, no crew will pass them without difficulty. We want to be very near perfection to win the Premier League so long as that is the case.”
The Reds, who closing won the league in 1990, face Tottenham within the Champions League final on Saturday, 1 June.
Liverpool completed fourth last season, 25 factors behind champions City, but the Reds drove Pep Guardiola’s facet all of the manners this season, dropping just once to finish one factor at the back of them.
At one stage in the first half on Sunday they were winning and Brighton was beating Manchester City, which would have been enough to provide the Reds the title – main to a noisy roar at Anfield.
“It is tough to put together a group for a situation like that, we rating and Brighton rating,” stated Klopp. “It became a lift to a superb atmosphere. Going nuts. Wolves used it truly.
“Then it calmed down. It was clear when the ecosystem turned into now not ecstatic anymore something had taken place we failed to like at Brighton.”
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But Klopp, whose ultimate most important trophies have been the 2012 German home double with Borussia Dortmund, is assured the Reds’ identify conflict bodes nicely for the destiny.
“The crew made so many huge steps inside the remaining year,” he stated. “The boys had been all there from remaining season other than [goalkeeper] Alisson.
“It’s a totally special season, a higher season than I played with my group [Dortmund] while we have been champions in Germany. But we can not forget about one group had been better.
“It’s clear we had been lucky in moments like City had been. We were unlucky against City however scored inside the remaining 2d towards Everton and late on towards Newcastle – they might have been attracted as nicely.
“The season is a completely lengthy, hard one. You ought to address setbacks. We were continually competitive. The city got the factors they have got due to the fact we were there.
“They have 198 factors in two years; that is special. We made such massive steps. Always after an excellent 12 months, we misplaced key gamers [in the past] but we won’t so we’ll be there once more.”
‘We attempted everything to win the ones video games’
Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson stated they couldn’t have finished any extra to win the name.
“No regrets,” the midfielder stated. “We were superb all season and left the whole lot out on the pitch.
“We have lost one sport. People may talk approximately the draws but we attempted everything to win the one’s games. We gave the whole lot over the complete season. The city is a notable facet and you’re taking your hat off to them.
“Next season we supply the entirety to win it.”
Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk, the PFA player of the 12 months, said: “It’s a totally special team and I am very proud to be part of it. We have a big final to return, we ought to be proud however congratulations to City and hopefully, we are able to assign them subsequent yr.
“We struggled a touch bit today, we’re humans and it will be for your head, you cannot deny it. The city has been amazing however so are we.
“We are going to paintings tough once more and optimistically try and do it.”
Liverpool proper-again Trent Alexander-Arnold set up Sadio Mane’s second goal.
“I’m gutted, it’s miles a hard one to take but City proved they’re one of the exceptional teams within the world,” the 20-yr-antique stated. “We most effective misplaced one sport and also you count on to win the league, but it’s for what it is and we go once more next 12 months.”