Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has insisted his side’s quest to win the Premier League title remains unchanged after Manchester City’s stunning defeat to Tottenham last weekend.
City’s 3-2 defeat, with Spurs star and England captain Harry Kane scoring twice, and Liverpool’s earlier victory over Norwich, saw Klopp’s men reduce the defending champions’ lead at the top of the table at six points.
That deficit will be reduced to three points if Liverpool win their home game against Leeds on Wednesday.
Klopp, however, remains confident that City will win all of their remaining league games, which means Liverpool need to focus on themselves.
“I was on my way back when it was 2-1 at Tottenham and I didn’t follow it anymore because I was sure they would equalize,” Klopp said in a press conference. pregame Tuesday.
“Then we came out and the pilot was very excited and told me it was 2-2 then 3-2, I thought City had won but it was Tottenham so ‘Oh’ was my reaction.
“Nothing changes for us, we have to win all our games. I think you can expect that (Manchester City will win all their games). Historically, this happens more often than not. »
The German added: “There are so many things that can happen in football. I can’t — I’m not cut out for it — count the points on our account until I’ve played the game.
“That’s why we have to focus 100% on this one game because we can’t win the game and the league and everything in one game. We just have to try to make sure we win a very tough Premier League game. »
Leeds have won just one point from their last four games, a run that has seen Marcelo Bielsa’s men slip into the relegation zone.
– Leeds can ‘eat you’ –
But with Leeds coming from 3-1 down in a 3-3 draw with Aston Villa and scaring Manchester United in a possible 4-2 loss this month, Klopp remains wary of the threat posed by the club from Yorkshire.
“Leeds are very brave and exciting offensively,” the Liverpool manager said. “Defensively you can cause them problems but it’s difficult because of the man scoring all over the pitch, if you’re not really in the game they’ll eat you.
“They’re missing a few decisive players: Patrick Bamford, (Kalvin) Phillips and (Liam) Cooper are pretty much their backbone… But they never give up. We really have to make sure that we are 100% there. If we are not ready to fight, we will suffer. »
Klopp added that Roberto Firmino and Diogo Jota will miss the Leeds game through injury, with the forwards uncertain of facing Chelsea in the League Cup final on Sunday.
“They weren’t on the pitch training, so it’s not a good sign,” he said. “We have to see what we can do with the boys in the next few days and we will make a decision later in the week. »
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Jurgen Klopp thinks Manchester City defeat means ‘nothing changes’ for Liverpool – Reuters