Klopp: I’ll be watching Man City game – but title party not the agenda

Date published: Thursday 25th June 2020 8:57


Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp will tune in to see how Manchester City fare at Chelsea but insists it won’t be to cheer on Frank Lampard’s side.

Following a 4-0 demolition of Crystal Palace at Anfield, the Reds need just two more points to secure a first title in 30 years.

If City fail to beat Chelsea on Thursday that long wait would be over without Liverpool having to kick a ball.

Klopp, however, said he would not be watching to will on Lampard’s side, but for tactical reasons.

“I watch the game not to prepare a celebration but we play City a week later and also Chelsea,” he said.

“This game is a really important game to watch for plenty of reasons. Whatever happens… we have no influence on it so I have no interest.

“It will happen when it happens.”

The performance against Palace on Wednesday was befitting one of champions. Klopp’s only regret was that it was played out in front of an empty Anfield when it should have been a night of celebration.

After the match, he paid his players possibly his biggest compliment yet.




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Trent Alexander-Arnold opened the scoring with a brilliant free-kick, before Mohamed Salah made it 2-0. Fabinho and Sadio Mane completed a rout with one of their best performances of the season.

Klopp said the players had a duty to put on a show out of respect for supporters unable to attend. He was delighted to see them duly deliver.

“I said to the boys ‘I want to see best behind-closed doors football ever’. I’m not sure about the best behind-closed-doors football but it was the best-behind-closed doors counter-pressing ever,” Klopp added.

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“We scored some fantastic goals. It was only important we gave this sign and we showed our supporters the respect they deserve: that we can play like they are here even when they are not here.

“Yes they can push us to incredible things and I never missed them more. Imagine if this game had happened with 55,000 people in the stadium? That would have been incredible!

“But we cannot have that so it was important we showed the respect to the people. That’s what the boys did and I loved it.

“This night could have been better with people in the stadium, it was an important step for us, a sensational football game and it would have wished for all people to be here so we made their night any way.”

Klopp, meanwhile, has reportedly ordered a £54m bid for an Italian defender. Read more here.


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