Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp sends title race message to Manchester City
Jurgen Klopp refused to give up on the title race, as he said cheekily: “An 11 point (lead), in a normal world nothing happens anymore – but what is normal now?!”
And the Liverpool manager promised that his Anfield story is far from finished, after he reached the landmark of 350 games in charge of the famous club, with the best win record of any manager in the club’s history.
The Reds moved into second in the Premier League table, 11 points behind runaway leaders Manchester City, with a convincing win over Brentford, which eased fears they would fall apart without Mo Salah and Sadio Mane. And Klopp said: “This is not the moment to talk about the title race, if we would do something like this we wouldn’t do it in public, but people are with us, they are willing to enjoy the ride.”
Goals from Fabinho, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, and Taki Minamino ensured at least some interest in the title race after Chelsea’s stumbling defeat to City on Saturday. And Klopp said the ride for him is far from over, after posting an incredible landmark since arriving at the club in 2015.
“I’m happy,” he said of his achievement. “When I arrived in 2015, the picture looked completely different. It has been intense at times since then.
“Each little thing you do is really worth it because of the size, and the emotion of this club. It is like a family. We want to stay like this. You are not always lucky. I am lucky. We are far away from finishing the book so we will keep writing and see where we end up.”
And Klopp admitted that the win against difficult opponents would at least quieten some of the noise around the absence of Salah and Mane
“It’s really helpful the result today to calm these discussions down a little bit. I understand the talk about it, but we don’t talk about the boys who are not in.”
There was one less good piece of news for Klopp who reported that Oxlade-Chamberlain had damaged his ankle after scoring a brilliant second goal, but added: “We hope it is nothing serious.”