Liverpool have replaced Manchester United as the team every player wants to join, but they cannot dominate English football in the same way the Red Devils did, admits former Reds midfielder Dietmar Hamann.
Jurgen Klopp’s side has won the Premier League title for the first time this season, being crowned champions on Thursday as Manchester City lost to Chelsea.
Liverpool are 23 points clear at the top of the table with seven games to play and with just one league defeat this season, they have strolled to the title.
Hamann believes Klopp has transformed the Anfield club into the dominant force in the country, but winning a string of titles may still be beyond them.
‘When I was a player, the club everyone wanted to join was Manchester United,’ Hamann told the Daily Mirror. ‘You knew that signing for United guaranteed you winners’ medals.
‘They were the biggest club, the club that everyone inside and outside England spoke about.
‘Since Sir Alex Ferguson retired, United have suffered on the pitch, and with perfect timing Jurgen Klopp has come in and made Liverpool the club everyone wants to join.
‘In that respect, he has knocked United off their perch.
‘I am not sure Liverpool will dominate the Premier League like United did – because Manchester City and Pep Guardiola will have something to say about that.
‘But Liverpool are five years ahead of United – and London’s big clubs are even further behind.’
This season’s Premier League is Liverpool’s 19th league title in their history and puts them just one behind Manchester United’s haul of 20.
Hamann believes Klopp will have that milestone in his sights as he looks to build a dynasty at the club.
‘Klopp has four years left on his contract – and by the time that is up he will want to get past United’s 20 titles and also win the Champions League again,’ reckons the German.
The Liverpool boss feels his side have no limits to what they can achieve after winning the Champions League and Premier League in the last two seasons, and now the weight of history is off their backs, more success should follow.
‘As long as we stay humble and we’re still ready to write stories we want to tell our grandchildren, everything is possible for us,’ Klopp told the BBC.
‘Without knowing it at the time, the most important thing I said to the players was that we have to create our own stories and own history,” said Klopp.
‘When I came in, I had to tell them not to compare themselves with anyone any more, some of the fantastic people who played for this club and won everything in the past.
‘We needed to get the opportunity from our supporters to find our own way, and this is only possible because people never lost patience with us in any moment.”
‘We got rid of the heavy backpack. I took it off that day and never got it back.’
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