Jurgen Klopp downplays Liverpool title talk, insisting ‘nothing has changed’ after Manchester City’s defeat


Jurgen Klopp downplays Liverpool title talk, insisting ‘nothing has changed’ after Manchester City’s defeat

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp insists he felt nothing when Manchester City slipped up and is warning everyone around the club not to get carried away.

Crystal Palace claimed a shock victory over the defending Premier League champions on Saturday, less than 24 hours after Liverpool had extended their lead at the top to four points with victory at Wolves.

Jurgen Klopp is eager to play down expectations

Klopp was inundated with text messages from friends highlighting City’s slip – but he himself remained unmoved.

“Nothing has changed. Absolutely nothing. We are focused so far always on the next game. That hasn’t changed since Saturday,” he said.

“When people are not involved but emotionally involved, such as friends and people like that, see City lose 3-2 then I get all these messages saying, ‘Wow. Unbelievable. Blah, blah, blah’, and I don’t even feel it.

“Nothing is taken for granted. Don’t think because we have that amount of points and they have that amounts of points (that Liverpool will win the title).

“If you think that, then that’s the moment when things go wrong. And they can still go wrong, that’s how life is.”

Virgin van Dijk was on the scoresheet for Liverpool in the 2-0 win over Wolves

In the previous 10 years only twice has the team top on Christmas Day not gone on to win the title.

On both occasions it was Liverpool, in 2008 and 2014, but Klopp has no interest in history, fate or omens.

“We have to be focused. Not nervous. I’ve heard how many times in the last 10 years that when you’re first at Christmas you win the title, but only Liverpool won’t,” he added.

“Wow, you (the assembled media) are afraid to say it because you think I know it.

“What is it? What does it mean? It’s a different team, a different time, everything was different. It’s not interesting.

“If you want to be sure that in May it will be something really special – but you don’t want to see the way to that day – then make a holiday.

“I don’t know where the Premier League is not broadcast but find a little country where it is not and go there.

“If you want to enjoy the ride, and want to try everything you can to be as successful as possible, then welcome, let’s go for it.”