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Klopp: Premier League needs Liverpool to challenge Manchester City’s Jurgen Klopp

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Jürgen Klopp rejected Pep Guardiola’s statement that the whole country wants Liverpool to win the title but insisted that the Premier League would be boring without serious rival Manchester City.

Guardiola said that “everyone in this country supports Liverpool, the media and everyone” and “people want Liverpool to win more than we do” in a strange explosion after On Sunday, “City” defeated “Newcastle” with a score of 5: 0.

Klopp believes the post-match interview illustrated the intensity of the race for Guardiola’s title more than any fact, and compared it to his critique of Antonio Conte’s tactics after Tottenham drew 1-1 at Anfield on Saturday.

But Liverpool the manager believes his team deserves more support to achieve a real race for the title and ensure that City do not win the fourth league championship in five seasons at a gallop. “Imagine what it would be like if we weren’t so close. Then the interviews would be boring, ”Klopp said. “You have to make sure there is some excitement and there is an exciting battle for who stays in the league and an exciting battle for who qualifies for the Champions League. But imagine if we weren’t closer.

“It’s [Guardiola’s reaction] quite normal. We all feel tension, we can’t say we don’t. After the game with Tottenham, things are not as I thought, “Great”, but before you deal with your emotions, you have already faced 20 cameras. That’s what Pep did. I don’t take that as a compliment. He probably thought he should do it. You know much better than I do that this is not the case. ”

Liverpool could catch up with City on Tuesday by winning at Aston Villa, although they have played one game more, but Klopp is confident that Guardiola is wrong in his opinion that the country wants the title back on. Anfield. ” “I live in Liverpool, yes, a lot of people here want us to win the league – it’s true,” said Klopp. “But even here, it’s probably only 50% because other people [Evertonians] were involved in another brawl, at least until yesterday.

“As managers, and I’ve had that kind of experience recently, we’re obviously under a lot of influence from the game. I said – and I would say it again? No – but I said later [Tottenham] game: ‘They play the way they play and so far only the fifth.’ It was good at the time, but it was wrong. I could no longer respect Antonio and what he does and how he organizes teams.

“I don’t know exactly what situation Pep was in after being relegated from the Champions League, which is obviously hard enough to accept, but then of course Liverpool came out in the final and you have things like,‘ They just played Villarreal, we played with Real, ”and then you say what you say. And he’s right, too. I was right about Tottenham. He was right, we just won Premier League once. I don’t know if the whole country supports us. It’s not the feeling I feel when we go to other places and play there, in fact the opposite, but maybe he knows more about it than I do. “

Klopp insists Liverpool will not stop believing it can win the league until it becomes mathematically impossible. He also argued that title contenders should encourage their performances against Spurs, despite scoring only for the third time this year.

“It was not a perfect game, but the overall approach, the counter-press, was on a completely different level,” said the Liverpool coach, who could remember Robert Firmin after the injury at Villa Park. “We win and talk about it. “Wow, the Liverpool counter press.” We don’t win and just forget. I don’t [forget it] because it keeps us ahead.

“Yes I see it [nothing is broken]. So I saw the game. So we keep going. That’s the point, and that’s with the quality of the opponent and the goalkeeper, and you know we’ve had situations [to win]. If Virg [van Dijk] gets the headline here [forehead] instead here [points to the side of his face]it’s at least more likely than getting into a barbell.

“We didn’t score from the set, but we could because everything was almost perfect. We have to accept that. Now we have to use the good things, remove the bad things and get out of here. ”

https://www.theguardian.com/football/2022/may/09/premier-league-needs-liverpool-to-challenge-manchester-city-says-klopp

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