Jordan Henderson has opened up on the pride he feels at Liverpool being crowned Premier League champions last week.
But the Reds captain has sounded a warning for his team-mates ahead of their defence of the club’s 19th championship next term.
Liverpool were officially crowned league winners on Thursday night when Manchester City were beaten 2-1 at Chelsea to leave the Reds’ with an insurmountable 23-point advantage at the summit.
For Henderson, it is the culmination of nine years of perseverance at Anfield with Liverpool now set to lift their fourth trophy in just over a year next month to follow on from their Champions League, Super Cup and Club World Cup successes.
Under Klopp, the Reds were beaten finalists in the Europa League and League Cup in 2016 and Champions League in 2018 before finishing as Premier League runners-up, despite amassing 97 points, last term.
And the England international said the whole squad deserve huge credit for their willingness to dig deep to respond to gut-wrenching disappointments across Klopp’s tenure.
Henderson said: “There have been so many setbacks. Losing the league on the last day by a point was tough, but we reacted in the right way to win the Champions League. We started the season really well, showed consistency and a great mentality from everyone to keep a high standard and the winning run going.
“Then you’re at the point when you’re nearer and nearer to the title and then there’s a global pandemic! It was unbelievable really.
“I’m not sure anyone could actually believe what was happening and it still hasn’t really sunk in. We’ve had different things that we’ve had to deal with and again that’s just credit to the boys.
“It was a frustrating time, certainly for me, over the past few months. Obviously, what was going on in the world is much more important, but at the same time, I just wanted to get back and play football, to do what we’ve been working so hard towards for so many years.
“Thankfully, the season resumed and even though it was under different circumstances, we finished the job off. I couldn’t be prouder of this team and how they’ve reacted to so many different obstacles not only this season, but over the past few years.
“It definitely helped. With the setback of just losing out on the title last year and then the reaction to then go and win the Champions League a few weeks later was big for us.
“And then from that point on, I think we reacted really well again as it gave us an extra bit of confidence. To be honest, whether we’ve lost finals or lost the Premier League on the last day, or won finals, we’ve always reacted in the right way and that is the most important thing.
“With the setback of just losing out on the title last year and then the reaction to then go and win the Champions League a few weeks later was big for us. And then from that point on, I think we reacted really well again as it gave us an extra bit of confidence.
“To be honest, whether we’ve lost finals or lost the Premier League on the last day, or won finals, we’ve always reacted in the right way and that is the most important thing.
“It feels amazing really for everyone involved in the football club. And I’m just really honoured and proud to be part of it.”
Having relinquished a title they had held for the last two seasons, Pep Guardiola’s City are likely to splash out in the transfer window this summer to beef up their squad, while Frank Lampard’s Chelsea have already wrapped up deals for Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner to bolster their attack.
And Reds skipper Henderson thinks both teams, alongside Manchester United, will be aiming to shoot down the newly-crowned champions when 2020/21 campaign eventually gets underway later this year.
“I think over the course of one or two years with Champions League battles that we have had [with Manchester City] and Premier League battles, but you are right, I am going to say there are other teams.
“If you look, Manchester United look strong, Chelsea have signed a few players recently and I am sure they will come again. They look good. They have young players coming through and Frank has done a really good job there. They will come again.
“City are an unbelievable team and you will have other teams knocking on the door and improving all the time. That is why you have to keep improving and keep wanting more and keep going.
“So far we have done that really well after last year and winning the Champions League. It shouldn’t be any different this year and winning the Premier League. We want to keep learning, keep improving and wanting more.”