Jurgen Klopp suggests not even half of Liverpool is behind his side’s title challenge after Man City boss Pep Guardiola’s comments last weekend; Watch Aston Villa vs Liverpool live on Sky Sports Premier League from 7pm on Tuesday; kick-off 8pm
Jurgen Klopp shrugged off Pep Guardiola’s claims that “everyone in this country” is supporting Liverpool in the Premier League title race by suggesting only half of the city itself is.
The Reds visit Aston Villa on Tuesday live on Sky Sports aiming to close the gap on Manchester City, who moved three points clear on Sunday by hammering Newcastle 5-0.
But Klopp, whose side drew 1-1 with Tottenham on Saturday, responded by saying only half of Liverpool would want them to win the title. The Liverpool manager reckons Guardiola’s comments were made in the heat of the moment, just as when Klopp criticised Tottenham’s style following the draw at Anfield.
“I live in Liverpool so, yes, here a lot of people want us to win the league, that’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 manager, and I had this experience recently after a game (Tottenham), we are massively influenced by the game, the situation, I said – would I say it again, no – after the game ‘they play like they play and are still only fifth’. It was just my feeling in that moment and I couldn’t respect Antonio (Conte) more and what he’s doing.
After getting knocked out the Champions League, that’s already difficult enough to take but then, of course, Liverpool made it to the final. You have these kinds of things, ‘they played Villarreal and we played Real’ and you say what you say. He’s [Guardiola] right, I was right about fifth place and Tottenham, and he was right we won the Premier League only once.
I have no idea if the whole country is supporting us, it’s not the feeling I get when we go to places, it’s actually the opposite. Maybe he knows more about that than me.”