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Klopp urges Liverpool to ignore Premier League title favourites tag

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has urged his players to ignore the outside ‘mess’ as he plays down favourites tag in the title race.

Liverpool is at the top of the Premier League with nine games to go, two points clear of Arsenal and three of Manchester City.

The Reds face bottom-placed Sheffield United at Anfield on Thursday, while Arsenal and Manchester City play Luton and Aston Villa respectively on Wednesday.

It is nothing we are obviously aware of. The situation is, for us, Sheffield United, and not who is the favourite,” Klopp said.

I am pretty sure when we lost at Arsenal (on February 4) we were not favourites after that – maybe rightly so – but I don’t know and I don’t care.

One of the most important things to get through this period is to ignore the outside ‘mess’ as it goes up and down and is emotional.

“We have to be professional – be emotional but in the right way – and be the best version of ourselves, play the best football we can play and then let’s see what the outcome is.

There are no guarantees, there are just opportunities. The clearer the opportunity, the more likely you can take it.

Klopp also said he is not interested in watching Arsenal & Man City as he ‘always expects them to win’ their matches in the title race.

I didn’t even know they played (on Wednesday night), I expect them always to win.

He added: “I told you one story, years ago, I watched a game and wanted Leicester to win (against Manchester City in 2019) and it didn’t happen.

That was the last time that I did that. That’s when you learn from the past. When they play, my heart-rate doesn’t go up.

We need to get our points in, win our football games.”

Sam Barton
Sam Barton
Sam Barton fell in love with football during the 98 World Cup and has been fascinated by it ever since. The tactical side of the game is what truly inspires him to think, read and write about football, making him the ideal football writer.
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