It didn’t take long for Jurgen Klopp to have his wish granted.
The Liverpool manager was moments removed from lifting the Premier League title – the club’s first championship since 1990 – on Wednesday night, when he reiterated a special request made the day earlier.
“So it’s true,” said Klopp. “We are champions of Europe, England the world. I know how it sounds but it is the truth. It’s unbelievable to be honest.
“We won four trophies – big ones – and I couldn’t be more proud. I am not usually a person who needs a picture with something. As long as I can remember it, it is worth it. If not then I am too old.
“But I will have a picture with all four trophies because it doesn’t happen too often. So we should make sure we have this picture. But we will not stop.”
In his pre-match press conference to preview the visit from Chelsea, the Reds manager made a similar declaration.
Clearly keen to ensure the images of a wildly successful and trophy-laden 13 months become part of Anfield folklore, Klopp said: “In the moment, when I spoke about the last 13 or 14 months, it was for sure the most exceptional and successful year of my career.
“So being champion of Europe, England and the world, it doesn’t happen too often.
“So I think it makes sense that we take a picture with all four trophies because I don’t think there are a lot of pictures in existence where a club has all four of these trophies. We will do that 100 per cent and rightly so.”
Less than 24 hours after the title was hoisted aloft at Anfield, Klopp’s request was met by the club.
Appearing on social media on Thursday morning, for the first time, were Liverpool’s UEFA Super Cup, Premier League, Champions League and FIFA Club World Cup trophies, side by side.
Shimmering success. Tangible proof of an incredible period under Klopp.
Klopp and his staff will no doubt get the chance to pose with the quartet of trophies later this year ahead of the new season in scenes that will evoke memories of Bob Paisley and his handful of pots alongside copious quantities of Bells Whisky in 1981.
For now, though, Klopp can look to this image as proof of his history-making feats on Merseyside.
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