Danny Mills has argued that Jurgen Klopp has only won one proper trophy as Liverpool manager because the UEFA Super Cup “doesn’t count”.
The Reds lifted the prize after a penalty shootout win over Chelsea back in August, but Mills is reluctant to attach too much importance to the achievement.
Speaking on talkSPORT, he said: “It doesn’t count, doesn’t count. Ridiculous.
“It’s like the community shield, it’s not a proper trophy is it? Let’s be honest.
“How many players at the end of their season go ‘oh yeah, I won the Super Cup?’. No, I don’t think any proper players or managers take that as a serious trophy.”
? "The Super Cup doesn't count! It's like the Community Shield… it's not a proper trophy."
? "No footballers or managers take those as a serious trophy."
Danny Mills says Klopp has won one, not two 'proper' trophies at #LFC.
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— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) October 9, 2019
This may not be the most popular opinion amongst Liverpool fans, but you can see where Mills is coming from, even if you don’t agree with him. On the face of it, the Super Cup is little more than a one-off fixture when both teams are still trying to shake off the rust of the summer break, and compared to other, more illustrious prizes, it can dwindle a little in its significance. The truth is though, that viewpoint massively reduces the achievement of what a Super Cup win represents. It may be a one off game, but it’s a one-off game that you are only able to play because you have won one of the biggest competitions in world football. More to the point, ask anybody involved and they will tell you that they would rather win it than lose it. You just had to watch the pulsating 2-2 draw between Liverpool and Chelsea, followed by the jubilation of Adrian’s penalty heroics, to see just show much it meant to the Reds’ squad. It may not be the highest priority on anybody’s list, but of course it counts as a prize.