Jurgen Klopp responds to Pep Guardiola’s reaction by saying his city is not behind the title challenge | football news
Jurgen Klopp has dismissed Pep Guardiola’s claims that “everyone in this country” is supporting Liverpool in the Premier League title race by pointing out that only half of the city is the same.
The Reds will visit Aston Villa on Tuesday live Sky Sports With the aim of reducing the difference with Manchester City, who advanced by three points on Sunday, beating Newcastle 5-0.
Guardiola And he claimed after the victory that “everyone in this country supports Liverpool, the media and everyone.” As City progressed to winning the Premier League for the fourth time in five seasons.
But Klopp, whose side drew 1-1 with Tottenham on Saturday, responded by saying only half of Liverpool wanted them to win the title. The Liverpool boss believes Guardiola’s comments came in the heat of the moment, just as Klopp criticized Tottenham’s style after the draw at Anfield.
“I live in Liverpool, so yes, here a lot of people want us to win the league, it’s true, but even here it’s probably only 50 per cent,” he said in his pre-match press conference, referring to rivals Everton.
“As a coach, and I had that experience recently after the (Tottenham) game, we were very impressed with the game, the situation, I said – would I say it again, no – after the game ‘They play as they play and they are still only fifth.’ My feeling at that moment and I couldn’t respect Antonio (Conte) more and what he’s doing.
“After getting out of the Champions League, that was already difficult enough, but then, of course, Liverpool got to the final. You have such things as, ‘They played Villarreal and we played Real’ and you say what you say. It is [Guardiola] Right, I was right about fifth and Tottenham, and he was right to win the Premier League only once.
“I have no idea if the whole country supports us, not the feeling we get when we go places, quite the opposite. He probably knows more about it than I do.”
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The midfielder missed the 3-1 win at Burnley on Saturday with a thigh injury but could return for the weekend’s match with Crystal Palace.
Leon Bailey’s ankle injury will also keep him sidelined, with coach Steven Gerrard expected to have a similar squad for the weekend.
Striker Roberto Firmino is set to return to Liverpool a team.
The Brazil international has missed the last six matches with a foot problem, but received extra training over the weekend to get him back up to speed.
Changes are expected from manager Jurgen Klopp with Joel Matip likely to come in at the center of defence, while Costas Tsimikas could be given a rare start on the left of defense in order to rest Andy Robertson.
Liverpool now need to hope that City falter in the remaining three games to give them a chance to win the Premier League, but coach Klopp stressed that the title race is not over yet.
“Obviously it’s not over because we both have three matches, and what concerns me is how we can win our matches,” he said.
“We have absolutely no role in how City play their games but before they are played we shouldn’t add any points. We don’t and I’m sure City don’t. [Until] It is no longer accessible, so why stop believing? “
Klopp will try to change the perspective of his players despite falling three points behind City, to improve their mood after losing points at Anfield for the first time in 2022.
He said, “We can just take it as it was, we drew, they won. It makes the score three points and the goal difference changes as well. Or you can see it like we were six points behind and we lost and won.” .
“We were flying and we couldn’t wait to play Aston Villa. As human beings we can decide for ourselves how to see them. There are some facts but we are allowed to ignore them and then I try to help the boys see them like I do.
- Aston Villa won exactly that match 7-2 last season – Liverpool have not been beaten in back-to-back domestic league matches since February 1998.
- Liverpool have won seven of their last eight Premier League games with Aston Villa, save for a 7-2 loss at Villa Park last season.
- There have been 20 away wins in the Premier League between Aston Villa and Liverpool, with the Reds racking up 14 more victories at Villans than any other team on the road. In fact, the away team has only won Manchester City against Manchester United (21) more in the history of the Premier League.
- Liverpool have scored 41 goals away from home this season, failing to score in just one away game (0-1 against Leicester). The Reds scored more away goals in just two seasons: 42 in 1946-47 (won the Premier League) and 48 in 2013-14 (second in the Premier League).
- Aston Villa have won their last two Premier League games and are looking to win three in a row for only the third time in their last nine Premier League games. Those two runs have come in the past two seasons, four in September/October 2020, and three in February/March this year.
“Let’s say we won the last game and lost. That doesn’t make the Aston Villa match easier; it just gives a better perspective that I think is also important.”
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