Jurgen Klopp gives verdict on Liverpool FC’s position on title race

The Liverpool FC boss refused to speculate about what the Reds will achieve in the league this season, citing the success of his rivals

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp Photo: The Sport Review

Jurgen Klopp has insisted that he was “fine” with taking just one point in a goalless draw with leaders Manchester City at Anfield on Sunday.

The Liverpool FC side were on the brink of losing the top of the table clash after Virgil can Dijk brought down Leroy Sane in the box with just five minutes to play.

However, summer singing Riyad Mahrez sent the resulting penalty sailing over the bar to spare the blushes of Liverpool FC’s record signing.

The goalless stalemate left Liverpool FC level with Manchester City and Chelsea FC on 20 points, while Arsenal are two points adrift of the leading pack.

After seeming to lose their edge in recent weeks, the draw appears to suit Liverpool FC more than Manchester City.

Liverpool FC manager Klopp was pleased to see his side stay level with their rivals at the top of the table.

Klopp told Liverpool FC’s website: “And Arsenal is two points behind too, right? They’ve won six games in a row so it looks like they are in a good shape.

“We played City today, we can have three points, or one point or no points and we have one so that’s fine.

“If somebody would have told me after eight matchdays we would have had 20 points, I would say with pretty much any fixture list I’d have said ‘yes’, but with that fixture list I’d have said ‘I’ll buy it, let’s start on the ninth matchday’.”

Liverpool FC exploded into life this season with seven straight wins in all competitions, but they came unstuck when they faced Chelsea FC twice in a week at the end of September.

The mood was high after a 3-2 win over a sloppy Paris Saint-Germain, and a Carabao Cup home tie against Chelsea FC seemed like another opportunity to prove their credentials as the best side in the land.

However, Chelsea FC’s Eden Hazard came off the bench to assist then score one of the goals of the season to down Liverpool FC 2-1.

A trip to Chelsea FC’s Stamford Bridge followed three days later, where a stunning late Daniel Sturridge equaliser snatched a point for Liverpool FC.

The Red’s travelled to the historic San Paolo stadium in Napoli mid-week last week where a late lapse in concentration saw them defeated by a late goal, and so a mini-crisis commenced.

Lose against City and pressure would begin to mount and when Sane was sent tumbling, it looked as though the defensive frailty that was Liverpool FC’s Achilles’ heel last season was to halt their march again.

However, Mahrez handed Liverpool FC a point from the jaws of defeat with an inexcusable miss given the context, and we are all reminded of the very real adage that to win any league you have to be, above all, lucky.

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