King Kenny sends LFC players message ahead of crucial period
At the climax of any big season there's always plenty of pundits, ex-players and other so-called experts advising on what the best mind-frame, course of action or result is. Most can easily be ignored.
But when a certain King Kenny speaks, you listen. To think that he was the last manager to win Liverpool a major trophy is equally embarrassing as it is unsurprising. The man is steeped in success.
Speaking to Liverpoolfc.com, Kenny said: "The position we’re in in the league, you can’t beat first. Quarter-finals of the Champions League, you can’t go much further than that - they’re only up to the quarter-final stage! So I think the boys can be hugely proud of how they’ve gone about their work this year, and I think with Jürgen there’s a great relationship between him and the players.
"They’re where they are because they deserve to be. They’ve got there on merit, they’re not there because somebody else has tripped over or anything: they’ve done what they need to do and they’ve done it brilliantly."
The players had a few hiccups over the past couple of months but returned to the top of the league just before the international break. Albeit with a match in hand for Man City.
But the players should forget any nerves or any apprehension, says Kenny. They just need to play their normal games.
He continued on: "There’s no point in being apprehensive in any way, shape or form, there’s no point in being complacent. Just be normal, just do what you’ve done and the next couple of months will be very interesting for everybody, I hope.
"You are where you are because you deserve to be there. What you’ve done before this stage must have been right. We’ve got a fantastic manager who really fits into the football club perfectly well.
"He loves it when we get a result, he can share it with everybody and he wants to share the success with everybody and that’s really pleasing because everybody has a role to play - the supporters have a role to play and they’ve always been hugely influential.
"I don’t think the club have ever won a title of any substance like the FA Cup, League Cup, league or Champions League without the fans making a huge contribution. So collectively, with the way they’ve been playing, with the manager and the supporters, it’s going to be a hard team that’s going to get past us.
"We’ve just got to continue to do what we’ve done before. Nobody needs reassurance about their ability to play or their ability to win games - they’ve shown it. And you’re not getting carried away, you’re not taking anything for granted [by saying that], I think it’s just common sense."