Kirkland played for the Reds between 2001 and 2005, and was goalkeeping coach for the women’s team for part of last season.
Chris Kirkland has explained how Liverpool are blessed with a great setup at the club of which the collective effort led to the superb season just gone, and singled out Jurgen Klopp for demanding things to be right from top to bottom.
The Reds enjoyed a wonderful 2018-19 in which they overcame numerous high-profile opponents, including Barcelona, to triumph in the Champions League, overcoming Tottenham Hotspur in the final to lift their sixth European Cup.
On top of that, Klopp’s side put in a monumental effort in the Premier League, finishing with a points of tally of 97 which in most seasons gone by would have seen them lift the title by a distance.
On this occasion they were up against a machine-like Manchester City side that followed up 2017-18’s 100-point tally with 98 the following term, but nonethess it was an effort that everyone associated with the club was proud of, and which bodes well for the future.
Kirkland, who played for Liverpool between 2001 and 2005 as well as being goalkeeping coach for the women’s team for part of the 2018-19 season, believes that the Anfield club has got things right off the pitch as a result of joined-up thinking from the top – led by Klopp in particular – that filters down through every level of the club.
“Everything now for players is there for them,” Kirkland told the official Liverpool website. “They’re the ones with the talent and they go out and do it on the pitch. There has to be the same from the top to the bottom and from the bottom to the top.
“The one thing at Liverpool, they’ve certainly got that. You can always improve, yes, but we’ve got a man at the top now that demands that and we’re lucky to have him. I can only see things improving over the next few seasons hopefully.”
Liverpool kick off the 2019-20 Premier League campaign with a game against newly promoted Norwich City at Anfield on Friday 9 August.