And after a second-placed finish in 2008/09, Xavi Alonso was allowed to leave for Real Madrid. If we do those same steps again that will be a season.
In any other league Liverpool, with 97 points following a 2-0 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers, would have been celebrating as runaway champions.
But, after Liverpool's record-breaking campaign this time around, Klopp is confident the Reds can keep the likes of Mohamed Salah at Anfield.
He told Stadium Astro : "If you're champions of Europe, that in itself is a huge catch". We were always competitive.More news: Arthur's Teacher Mr. Ratburn Is Gay & Finally Got Married
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"We obviously didn't win the league but we'll be back next year and we've got a lot of motivation to win the league next year". They have 198 points in two years, that's special. We made unbelievably big steps and I really expect more to come, that's the truth. This is a first step, that's how we see it.
"This team is at a wonderful age group and we will go again and develop". However it lasted for just a minute before Sergio Aguero made it 1-1. He had a big impact but all the rest were here last season.
"It's been a very good season for us and we have just fallen short to a world-class team". That is special. This team is one of the best that ever played for Liverpool - 100 per cent. City were lucky in moments, we were lucky in moments. We were unlucky against City but scored in the last second against Everton and late on against Newcastle, they could have been draws as well.
Liverpool's 2-0 win over Wolves was rendered irrelevant by City's 4-1 victory at Brighton, leaving the Anfield faithful frustrated after it briefly appeared they might witness two football miracles in the space of a week. Many people have asked if there will be a downturn for Liverpool, but I'd be very surprised because it looks like they have put something in place now that will stand the test of immediate time, so they will be able to go again next season.
Liverpool fans have waited years for a league title and even though it didn't happen this season, the Reds have shown that they're ready to end their drought.