Liverpool manager, Jurgen Klopp, says his side’s win over Sheffield United was one of his favourite games this season.
Klopp guided the Reds to their first league title in 30 years in 2019/20. They also finished with the second highest Premier League points tally ever, with 99.
This comprised of 32 victories, including wins against rivals Everton, Manchester City and Manchester United.
Yet none of those results featured in Klopp’s list of favourite matches. The 2-0 triumph against the Blades at Anfield in January, however, did.
And here’s why.
“My two favourite games of the season are the Leicester away game (a 4-0 win) and the Sheffield United home game, to be honest, because they were just absolutely exceptional,” Klopp told the Liverpool website.
“The Sheffield United at home game because I respect a lot what Chris Wilder is doing at Sheffield United. They are so uncomfortable to play, really uncomfortable to play.
“Then, I’m not sure [and] I didn’t see all the games of Sheffield United obviously, but I think if you would ask Chris Wilder that was the night when he thought; ‘Obviously there is quite a gap’.
“They made life uncomfortable for us there [and for] a lot of teams. The way they play and the way they are set up, it’s really not easy to find a way in and that night we were near to perfection. I liked that game really a lot.”
More Klopp praise for Sheffield United
This isn’t the first time the German has revealed his admiration for United and Wilder. After facing the Blades for the first time at Bramall Lane, Klopp admits he realised what all the fuss was about.
Georginio Wijnaldum scored the only goal of a close fought game, after a mistake from Dean Henderson. The previous campaign Wilder had beaten Klopp and Pep Guardiola to the LMA manager of the year award, after guiding United to promotion from the Championship.
“Last year when he (Wilder) won manager of the year, I thought; ‘Guardiola won four titles. What happened there?’,” the 53-year-old said.
“Now I know why. He’s doing an incredible job there.”
The respect from Klopp didn’t end there, though. The Reds boss later said that he regularly watches the Blades because he enjoys the way they play.
Klopp and Wilder are widely believed to be the two clear candidates for this year’s manager of the year, because of their respective achievements.
If the former were to miss out to the Yorkshireman again, it’s likely he wouldn’t begrudge him.