Jurgen Klopp congratulates Henderson on Footballer of the Year crown/Hits back at Lampard’s ‘arrogant’ comments

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has today opened up on a number of topics, including both Jordan Henderson’s Football of the Year award, and the controversial recent comments of Chelsea counterpart Frank Lampard.

‘Well deserved’

Following months of waiting, Liverpool’s delayed lifting of the Premier League trophy finally took place earlier this week.

On the back of a 5-3 win over Chelsea, Jurgen Klopp’s squad took to the stands of Anfield, to celebrate their first English top-flight title in 30 years.

As showcased above, Jordan Henderson, as Liverpool’s captain, was the man to have been granted the honour of hoisting the club’s first-ever Premier League crown into the Merseyside sky.

While a number of the Reds’ stars of course enjoyed standout seasons, it was English international Henderson who proved the heart and soul of Liverpool throughout their title charge, driving his side forward with quality and grit in equal measure.

And such excellence certainly hasn’t gone unrecognised amongst the Premier League-covering media, with the 30-year-old having added to his rapidly expanding trophy cabinet earlier today with the award for the FWA’s Footballer of the Year.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 01: Jordan Henderson of Liverpool celebrates winning the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Southampton FC at Anfield on February 1, 2020 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/Getty Images)

As outlined above, meanwhile, one individual who has since been quick to heap praise on Henderson on the back of his latest honour is Jurgen Klopp.

Speaking in an interview with the FWA this afternoon, the Liverpool boss was drawn on his captain’s achievement, with Klopp having gushed:

‘One of the big questions in football is: what makes a proper player? What’s more important? Is it talent or is it attitude?’

‘I think the easy answer is: without talent, you’re nothing; without attitude, you will stay a talent forever. You are the perfect example that a mix makes the difference.’

‘I know the human being behind the player and you would have deserved an award for that as well. So, many congratulations, well deserved, outstanding achievement.’

‘What a year you had, what a career so far you had, and the best news, there’s still a lot to come.’

Check out the German’s full message below:

‘We are not arrogant’

His heartfelt praise for Henderson, however, was far from Klopp’s only message to have caught the headlines today.

This afternoon, the Liverpool boss was also drawn on the eye-catching recent comments of Chelsea counterpart Frank Lampard.

After footage emerged of Lampard’s involvement in a heated exchange with Liverpool’s bench during his side’s defeat at Anfield during the week, the Blues boss later accused certain members of Jurgen Klopp’s coaching staff of being ‘arrogant’.

As such, speaking to the media ahead of his side’s final outing of the Premier League campaign at Newcastle on Sunday, Klopp was inevitably asked for his take on Lampard’s jibe.

And the German was unsurprisingly quick to defend his fellow coaches, assuring that the Reds staff are the furthest thing from arrogant as part of a lengthy response:

‘You cannot hit me and my bench with something like that because we are not arrogant.’

‘Frank was obviously in a really competitive mood and I respect that a lot. From my point of view in this sort of situation you can say pretty much what you want. For me, after the game it is completely over.’

‘I said a lot in the past because it is pure emotion. He came here to win the game or get a point, to make Champions League qualification, and I respect that a lot. But what he has to learn is to finish it with the final whistle and he didn’t do that.’

‘Speaking afterwards about it like this, that’s not okay, Frank has to learn this and he has a lot of time to learn as he is a young coach but that is what he has to learn.’

‘During the game, the words used were no problem at all but after final whistle? No.’

‘We are not arrogant, we are pretty much the opposite. But in a moment like this in an argument you want to say something to hurt the other person. I have no problem with that but at the final whistle close the book. He didn’t do that and that is what I don’t like.’

‘And by the way, the reason I speak now about it – because otherwise there would be no words from me – but because he spoke after about it, I feel the need to explain!’

Quotes via Goal

Newcastle United vs Liverpool live streaming and betting tips

Liverpool agree deal to send Dejan Lovren to Zenit/Reds locked in Wijnaldum contract talks

This article was edited by Josh Barker.

Liverpool betting odds, next game:

Shimizu S-Pulse vs Consadole Sapporo odds: result, both teams to score, correct score & goalscorers

Shimizu S-Pulse vs Consadole Sapporo Full time result
Shimizu S-Pulse
Consadole Sapporo
Shimizu S-Pulse vs Consadole Sapporo Result/Both teams score
Shimizu S-Pulse15/411/2
Consadole Sapporo11/415/4
Shimizu S-Pulse vs Consadole Sapporo Correct Score
Shimizu S-Pulse
Consadole Sapporo
Shimizu S-Pulse vs Consadole Sapporo Goalscorers
Josue Gomez13/513/56/4
Roberto de la Rosa13/513/56/4
Walter Gonzalez13/513/56/4
Colin Kazim-Richards3/13/115/8
Ismael Sosa3/13/115/8

Liverpool's latest videos

Best of: Roberto Firmino 19/20 | Premier League Champion
Best of: Roberto Firmino 19/20 | Premier League Champion
Best of: Sadio Mane 2019/20 | Premier League Champion
Best of: Sadio Mane 2019/20 | Premier League Champion
If it can’t be done… it will happen here. | LFC x @Nike Football l #TellUsNever
If it can’t be done… it will happen here. | LFC x @Nike Football l #TellUsNever
John Henry EXCLUSIVE: ‘This is something extraordinary to be part of’
John Henry EXCLUSIVE: ‘This is something extraordinary to be part of’
Premier League table
1Liverpool FC385299
2Manchester City FC386781
3Manchester United FC383066
4Chelsea FC381566
5Leicester City FC382662
6Tottenham Hotspur FC381459
7Wolverhampton Wanderers FC381159
8Arsenal FC38856
9Sheffield United FC38054
10Burnley FC38-754
11Southampton FC38-952
12Everton FC38-1249
13Newcastle United FC38-2044
14Crystal Palace FC38-1943
15Brighton & Hove Albion FC38-1541
16West Ham United FC38-1339
17Aston Villa FC38-2635
18AFC Bournemouth38-2534
19Watford FC38-2834
20Norwich City FC38-4921
Premier League 19/20
Vardy, JamieLeicester City FC23
Aubameyang, Pierre-EmerickArsenal FC22
Ings, DannySouthampton FC22
Sterling, RaheemManchester City FC20
Salah, MohamedLiverpool FC19
Mane, SadioLiverpool FC18
Kane, HarryTottenham Hotspur FC18
Rashford, MarcusManchester United FC17
Martial, AnthonyManchester United FC17
Jimenez, RaulWolverhampton Wanderers FC17
Aguero, SergioManchester City FC16
Abraham, TammyChelsea FC15
Jesus, GabrielManchester City FC14
Wood, ChrisBurnley FC14
De Bruyne, KevinManchester City FC13
RicharlisonEverton FC13
Calvert-Lewin, DominicEverton FC13
Son, Heung MinTottenham Hotspur FC11
Mahrez, RiyadManchester City FC11
Pukki, TeemuNorwich City FC11