Jurgen Klopp explains why Liverpool can’t be blamed for Chelsea’s position in title race
The Liverpool manager delivers his verdict on the Premier League title race
Jurgen Klopp insists Liverpool can’t be blamed for Chelsea’s imposing lead in the title race.
The Reds slipped further behind the Premier League leaders at the weekend after Klopp’s side suffered a humiliating 3-2 loss to Swansea City at Anfield following goals from Fernando Llorente and Gylfi Sigurdsson.
Chelsea moved 10 points clear of fourth-placed Liverpool after Antonio Conte’s men edged to an unconvincing 2-0 win against Hull City thanks to goals from Diego Costa and Gary Cahill.
The west London outfit have only lost three games in the Premier League so far this season.
Liverpool were the first team to beat Chelsea after a 2-1 win at Stamford Bridge before the west London outfit lost 3-0 to Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium a week later.
Speaking to The Guardian about whether Chelsea can be stopped in the title race, Klopp said:
“If Chelsea keep winning they will be champions.
“We cannot do anything about that but we can still fight for the rest. Chelsea went on a run of 13 wins and that is pretty difficult for anyone to deal with, but it is not our fault. We played them once and beat them so we are not responsible for their position.
“If they win the title, good luck to them, but if it is only possible for one team to be really happy about the season then what are we doing? It is a crazy world in this moment but it shouldn’t be that crazy. Yet even if we manage to beat Southampton and reach Wembley, someone will still be unhappy because we lost the last Premier League game.”
Liverpool finished in eighth place in their first season under Klopp following his appointment as Brendan Rodgers’s successor back in October 2015.