Right after their 1-1 away draw against West Ham, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp insists that his side won’t crack under the pressure of Manchester City’s chasing. With the unexpected draw against the Hammers, the Reds missed their chance to create a five-point gap with Manchester City in the Premier League table.
If the Sky Blues’ squad defeats Everton this Wednesday then they will secure their place at the top of the English table. Pep Guardiola’s side last occupied the top position on 15th December last year but they now have their chance. On the other hand, Tottenham also joins the title race with their three consecutive wins under Mauricio Pochettino.
While talking about Liverpool’s title chance, Reds manager Jurgen Klopp said “Yes, I’m confident about that,” and added, “I think since five, six, seven, eight weeks we talk about a two-horse race now and Tottenham came from behind.” He said “They had a very difficult situation and deal with it brilliantly, I have to say, all credit to Pochettino and his team how they did it, winning games late with a lot of injury problems as well. For me, they are 100 percent in the race. So that’s the situation.”
He said “If you want to be top of the table at the end of the season then you have to deal with much tougher situations than we had today, that’s the truth. Of course you need players fit and available, that helps a bit.” The manager then added “Our midfield players tonight apart from Shaq [Xherdan Shaqiri] would have been 18 and 18 years old – brilliant boys and if needed we would have played them tonight but that’s not perfect. We have to fight. It’s not about pressure, it’s about enjoying the situation you are in.”
"I said we could have played better tonight, 100 per cent, but it’s the situation and it’s not perfect."
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) February 4, 2019
Jurgen Klopp said “We have 62 points, lost one game in the full season so far, which is very positive. But I see your faces already, you feel a bit sorry for us – you don’t have to, we are fine, everything is good.” He then added “Tonight was just a tough game but if you have a day like that with the things that happened yesterday and then you get a point at West Ham, for me that’s absolutely fine.”
While explaining their current position, The Liverpool coach said “We had a difficult situation,” and then added “It’s a long season. In general, we lost one game in the whole season. So the team is doing well and we have a tough situation at the moment. The injuries, I don’t know where they come from, or the illness.”