Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said on May 23 that sealing a place in next season’s Champions League on the day fans returned to Anfield for a 2-0 win over Crystal Palace was a dream come true.
He also mentioned that this season has been the “most difficult” of his life due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Having seen their hopes of a title defence effectively extinguished before the turn of the year, Liverpool’s Champions League qualification aims also looked slim just a few weeks ago.
However, an unbeaten 10-match run – the eighth win of which was secured with a 2-0 victory over Crystal Palace on the final day of the season – not only secured Champions League football, but lifted the Reds above Chelsea into third place.
“Finishing the season in third is incredible. I can’t believe it. Credit to the boys, I can’t believe how it worked out in the last few weeks,” said Klopp.
“Outstanding, (the) best I could’ve dreamt of. We wanted this feeling, this game, this atmosphere.”
Klopp went through a testing period both on and off pitch throughout the campaign. His mother died in February and he was unable to return to Germany for the funeral while his team failed to successfully their Premier League title and lost out to eventual champions Manchester City.