Liverpool’s title chances
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has downplayed his team’s chances of winning the Premier League, claiming that Manchester City does not “smell our breath.”
Liverpool trounced Leicester City 2-0 at Anfield on Thursday night, narrowing the distance on Pep Guardiola’s club to nine points. They also have a game in their hands.
Liverpool’s 1-0 loss to the same opposition in December was avenged by Diogo Jota’s two goals.
Luis Diaz made his whole debut, while Mohamed Salah came on as a second-half substitute after returning from the Africa Cup of Nations.
Asked about Liverpool’s title chances at full-time, Klopp said: “I don’t think they smell our breath already! But we just try to win football matches – this is a massive club and every match we put our shirts on, we have to win it.
“I am not sure we are in a position to put them on their toes. But even if we have no chance to catch them, we have to win our games. We showed that against Leicester – we showed we are not allowed to take anything for granted.”
However, midfielder Thiago Alcantara appeared to disagree with his manager. He was making his first start since mid-December due to injury.
“We are still there,” he said. “We have played one game less and have to face them there, so it is still an open Premier League.”
Liverpool’s next game is a trip to Burnley on Sunday, while title rivals City travel to Norwich City.