Jurgen Klopp has promised to give HIS own title medal to ANY member of his squad who doesn’t qualify for one.
And the Liverpool boss has lashed out at Premier League rule which dictate that players will only be presented with their winners medals only if they have made at least five appearances.
“I don’t know who came up with that idea. I don’t think it is a good rule because if people don’t understand how important the squad is to win the Championship, then then I can’t help them, “ he fumed.
Klopp has already told his squad there will be NO ‘Christmas presents’ at the end of the season in terms of first team appearances, insisting: “We don’t give them out like sweets.”
But is outraged at the idea that someone who has been part of his relentless squad all season, and has contributed to their incredible title triumph, should be denied a medal. So much so, that he has offered his own.
“What is this? What is this rule? These boys will get a medal 100 per cent – I will produce it myself. 100 per cent they can have my medal.
“I would prefer to think about the rule again – and make it happen if you play one game then you should have a medal, and not five games. If you have zero games you should win a medal – if you part of the squad you should get a medal.
“If you are part of that squad, you should have a medal, because you train five million times over a year and if you don’t (all) train at the highest level then you have no chance to win the championship (as a squad).
“And somebody decided that they need five games to win a medal?! It is not really (fair) We have to win football games and we can’t now just give appearances away.
“But they deserve a medal and they will get a medal, if not from the Premier League then me.”
Youngsters Curtis Jones, Harvey Elliott and Neco Williams have just two Premier League appearances each so far, and third choice keeper Andy Lonergan has been on the bench a dozen times. But Klopp has warned there will be no let up as his team attempt to break the all-time points record.
They need 15 points from their remaining six matches to do that, and the manager said: “We want to win games – the young players are super, they have a big future but we don’t give games as a Christmas present.
“We want to win and we do not give Premier League games away like sweets. It is about who fits best in the formation. But they are around they are really close.”