Jurgen Klopp shares Liverpool mindset change as final farewell edges closer

Jurgen Klopp insists he is only reflecting on the positives at Liverpool this season after his final away game ended with a 3-3 draw at Aston Villa.

The Reds were 3-1 up at Villa Park before two late goals from substitute Jhon Duran forced a draw to leave Klopp's side seven points off current Premier League leaders Arsenal heading into the final weekend, where they host Wolves at Anfield.

After a summer of transition, particularly in midfield, Liverpool maintained a realistic title challenge up until late April and lifted the Carabao Cup after a memorable performance from an injury-hit squad against Chelsea in late February. And as the Liverpool boss continues into his last week as manager, after nearly nine years at the helm, Klopp says he is looking at things with his glass half full.

“I am allowed to see just the good bits of the season," Klopp said. "If you carry on then you have to think about what didn't go well and make changes and adjustments of whatever. But that’s obviously not me.

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“It’s interesting how Harvey has come through, he is already a while here in his fourth season, he was already among the best players before he got badly injured. He had a good game today.

“Jarell, yes, Conor, yes. James McConnell, Bobby Clark, Kaide Gordon, long long injured, back now, really good, Stefan Bajcetic, the basis is there. And all the other big guns. New influences always help, that’s how it is.

“We did what we could. If we could have done better, we probably would have. We are where we are and that’s it.

Klopp added: “You can make of it what you want and say it is the story of the season, I don’t see it like that. For me the story of the season is the boys showed have a really, really good character and a sensational attitude.

“That’s why were are here today and why we have 79 points, a lot. I know nobody wants to hear that, but being this season the third best team in the league, from where we are coming from, is a statement as well as improvement with a lot of changes.

“I like it, I’m not over the moon about it, but since a week or two we have to accept we cannot be the best or the second best team in the league. That’s a good basis for the future and that’s all you can ask for."