West Ham United vs Liverpool: What did Jurgen Klopp say about the Premier League title race?

After enjoying a promising season, which also saw them win the Carabao Cup, the Reds have suffered their bad patch at the business end.

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By Karthik Raman | May 2, 2024 | 3 Min Read follow icon Follow Us

Liverpool failed to win another important game, as their slim Premier League title hopes continue to fade. After enjoying a promising season, which also saw them win the Carabao Cup, the Reds have suffered their bad patch at the business end. In recent weeks, Liverpool were knocked out of the FA Cup by Manchester United in the quarter-finals and they were eliminated from the Europa League at the same stage by Italian outfit Atalanta.

On top of it, Liverpool also went through a difficult spell in the Premier League, losing crucial points along the way to concede the top spot in the table. They have also fallen quite behind Manchester City and Arsenal in the race to lift the famous trophy. The latest draw away to West Ham United does not help Liverpool either, as they are five points behind the Gunners, while City, who are four points in front of the Reds, have a game in hand.

Jurgen Klopp on Premier League title race

Jurgen Klopp stated that he does not think about the title, as he is determined to win their remaining games. Speaking about the title race, Klopp, quoted on the club’s website, said, “I don’t think about it really. So, I said before, we need to win our games. We didn’t win the game. That doesn’t improve our situation now massively. Do they [Manchester City and Arsenal] look like they will lose two or three games? No, I don’t think so but, honestly, I’m not angry or whatever… I don’t think about it.”

He added: “It’s just we have to win football games and let’s see what that means in the end. What do we have now? 75 points? 84 [are] possible and I think it is a good target to try to do that. That is what will be my attitude, my mindset and we will see what that means. It’s a while ago somebody became champion with 84 points I think, long ago. I am sorry, but I don’t have better news for you.”

The Liverpool manager then went on to provide an honest assessment of the game, as he felt that the first half was good. “Intense for the boys – 10 days, four games, last one today. First half, dominating, good game. Not the highest intensity, happens quite frequently when you have these intense periods, you need to get the legs going. [We] created, were super-dominant but concede anyway, first goal from a corner. Not great. Speak about it at half-time, that the one thing I didn’t like is how we dealt with the chances we missed, a bit throwing arms [up] and stuff like this,” he elaborated.

Klopp added: “It makes no sense because it cannot constantly feel like we carry with us that we didn’t score for a while, or individuals didn’t score for a while, or we just try to ignore it for once. Coming out and scoring early [in the second half] helped, obviously. Still, really good game, super-controlled, more intense now, caused massive problems and if there would have been a deserved winner today it would have been only Liverpool, but football is not like that, not always at least. So, we scored for 2-1 and conceded the equaliser and here we are with one point. That’s obviously not enough for us but not to change anymore.”

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