Jurgen Klopp insists Liverpool’s focus stays solely on successful video games and never chasing down the Premier League leaders after reducing the hole to Manchester Metropolis to 3 factors.
Liverpool took full benefit of their recreation in hand, thrashing Leeds United 6-0 to shut the hole on the high of the desk and overtake the champions’ purpose distinction tally.
The Reds – who head into Sunday’s Carabao Cup last in opposition to Chelsea in buoyant temper – sit three factors off Metropolis having performed the identical variety of video games as Pep Guardiola’s aspect, however Klopp refused to be drawn into title-race discuss.
“We do not chase Metropolis, we attempt to win our soccer video games,” he stated. “Clearly we now have our cup last on the weekend, Metropolis play earlier than and so they may win, so it [the lead] may very well be six factors once more earlier than we subsequent play.
“I am undecided whether or not we play earlier than or after them within the recreation after, so it could be 9 factors abruptly. We do not have to depend these sort of issues, we simply must win our soccer video games.
“Can we do it on the entrance foot? Sure.”
Mohamed Salah scored two first-half penalties both aspect of Joel Matip’s very good strike, earlier than a late Sadio Mane double and Virgil van Dijk’s stoppage-time header put the seal on an imperious show of Liverpool’s attacking may.
Regardless of registering their greatest house win since September 2007, Klopp was extra impressed with the defensive exhibiting from his Liverpool gamers, which he hailed because the distinction between success and failure for his gifted squad.
“As a lot as I really like the objectives we scored tonight, I liked the clear sheet, as a result of every thing we do is predicated on a high, organised defensive efficiency,” Klopp added.
“With out that, we’re only a good soccer staff. With it, we generally is a profitable soccer staff. I favored the dedication we confirmed tonight for defending, the dedication from the boys.
“That is an attention-grabbing interval of the season, positively. We have got the ultimate, then the FA Cup, after which West Ham, we already misplaced in opposition to them this season so no-one ought to depend the factors earlier than we play them. We simply have to remain actually centered and go along with it with all we now have.”
Klopp’s celebration in entrance of the Kop on the finish – firing out eight fist pumps as a substitute of his typical three – hinted at how important he felt the end result and efficiency was.
“I am undecided had it been 10 seconds later I would not have performed it however in that second, I received carried away,” he defined.
“I actually love how the entire stadium responded tonight to the sport and the way we have been capable of win the sport as a unit and I could not be extra grateful for the assist of the folks.
“I’m actually blissful that occasionally – it won’t occur so much – we may give them a efficiency and scoreline like tonight.”