When Manchester City came here, it was similar.
"Psychologically we didn't struggle because we are not ahead of them any more and it doesn't change", he explained.
Therefore, it came as a shock to many when Jurgen Klopp's team chose to almost double the previous record, dishing out a whopping £75 million for Van Dijk - unheard-of money for a defender.
Klopp's men will now hope to go one better than last year's Champions League campaign, where they battled through to the final before going down to Real Madrid. Repeat up to 5 times to receive maximum €/£100 bonus.
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"We must now continue with our planning and reflect about how we want to set ourselves up for the new season. Checks were positive but we have to see if it stays positive", Klopp added. In fact, having allowed 17 goals thus far, they are now on pace to concede just 21 goals by the end of the campaign, which would make them the best Premier League defense since Chelsea in 2004/05!
"It's a big step to get this club back on the European stage and I am really happy", Klopp said. I knew we had a chance but I didn't expect it would happen, but the boys made it happen and it was really brilliant.
With Manchester City not in Premier League action this weekend, Liverpool will be aiming to move clear at the summit of the division, albeit having played a game more than their title rivals.
"Every team will have their preferences, the teams they wouldn't like to play, but it's a very positive feeling for everyone who is there".
"At one point we were 10 points behind, we have caught up with them and we can't afford to give anymore points away", said Kovac, who expects Mainz to try and catch them cold.
"Remind me after the season and I will sing my own song about Sadio Mane if you like". I am blessed that I have known him for 14 years.
"If there is something to celebrate at the end of the season we will be the first involved in that".