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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp reveals he burst into tears when the Reds were confirmed as champions

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp revealed he burst into uncontrollable tears after the Reds were crowned Premier League champions in June.

Klopp’s side were confirmed as league champions with seven games to spare after Chelsea beat Liverpool’s rivals Manchester City, which meant Pep Guardiola’s side could no longer catch them.  

The German manager admitted he began a video call with his family moments before the final whistle at Stamford Bridge and the Klopp clan watched his reaction to the title win. 

But the tears continued for the 53-year-old when he phoned his wife Ulla later on in the evening. 

Klopp told LFCTV: ‘You have no idea how it will feel before it happens. It was pure joy! Massive relief in the next second and then I started crying. So I went and called Ulla.

‘I called my family 10 seconds before the end of the game so they watched it together. I said, ‘OK, I love you all’ and I put the phone down on the table. I said, ‘Leave your phone on so you can see what happens here!’

‘Then I wanted to speak to Ulla and couldn’t. I had her on the phone but I just was crying. I didn’t know why it happened. 

‘I had no idea. I was proud of and I was worried about [it], but I couldn’t stop. I have never in my life had a situation when I just couldn’t stop crying.’

Klopp believes that the tears flowed because of the immense pressure he was under to deliver Liverpool their first Premier League title in 30 years. 

The German also revealed he did not want his players to see him in a state during such a celebratory moment. 

Klopp continued: ‘I didn’t know exactly why, so I just went for a few minutes in my room because I didn’t want to show everybody when I was stood around there.

‘Then I realised step-by-step and step-by-step obviously there was some pressure! Which I don’t really feel when I’m in the situation but being manager of this club is a big honour – I see it as pure luck – but it was some responsibility, let me say it like this.

‘And obviously that fell off my shoulders in that moment and that must have been the reason for it. It was very strange, very good, very emotional, [a] very special moment in my life.’

Liverpool went on to lift the trophy after the Reds beat Chelsea at Anfield in their final home match of the season.

They ended the 2019-20 season 18 points clear of Guardiola’s City, registering 99 points in the process.

But Klopp revealed that night watching the Chelsea game in June was one of the greatest moments of his career. 

The German continued: ‘Counting the minutes, it was just incredible and absolutely one of the best football moments I’ve ever had in my life with not being in a stadium.’

‘Because we were there together you could see each face. Players were sitting there, some couldn’t really watch it and stuff like this. We were all like this and it was absolutely exceptional.’

Liverpool will begin their Premier League title defence when the 2020-21 season kicks off on September 12. 

Klopp’s side can add another trophy to their collection when they take on FA Cup winners Arsenal in the Community Shield on August 29. 

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