Liverpool manager Jorgen Klopp believes that Chelsea’s rivals are eyeing on The Reds to grab a victory at Anfield on Tuesday. This would breathe new life into the Premier League title race as The Blues are currently running away with it.
“I’m sure a lot of teams in the league are on our side and want us to win. That gap would obviously make the league a little bit more exciting for people. We want to go for these three points,” Klopp said to Sky Sports.
However, Klopp is adamant that the support means nothing. Liverpool have their own reasons to get motivated at the “highest, highest” level. The German gaffer believes that his team will go all out for the three points against Antonio Conte’s men.
Liverpool are currently fourth in the Premier League table, 10 points behind league leaders Chelsea. The Reds have suffered a poor run of form recently in which they have gone out of the FA Cup and the EFL Cup. Klopp’s men have suffered three consecutive defeats at Anfield.
“If we are seven behind Chelsea we can’t say now we go for them. They might win the rest of the games. We need the points. We cannot waste time or points any more. It’s not about us saying we can catch them,” Klopp added.
Liverpool are yet to lose four consecutive games at Anfield since 1923. The Reds also have a brilliant record against their rivals in the top six. Klopp and his men are still unbeaten against the top six teams and have grabbed 12 points of a possible 18 within the group. This also includes the three points at Stamford Bridge in September, last year, according to The Guardian.
When asked about Liverpool’s poor mid-season form, Klopp insisted that The Reds are having a “very good” Premier League. The former Borussia Dortmund manager will not be disappointed with a fourth-placed finish.
“I think it’s possible we could qualify for the Champions League and should we then say, ‘Sorry, I know we lost here and there and that’s why we didn’t become champions’?” Klopp mentioned.
Meanwhile, Sadio Mane has returned from the Africa Cup of Nations and is available for selection against Chelsea. However, the decision to select the player rests on Klopp, who will check the fitness of the Senegal winger before the match on Tuesday.
Liverpool vs. Chelsea – Jurgen Klopp’s Pre Match Press Conference
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