Liverpool boss Klopp issues ominous warning to Premier League rivals

Date published: Tuesday 2nd June 2020 10:26

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has warned that his Liverpool players are in better shape now than they were at the start of the season and says his men will not let up even in they win the title quickly.

The German coach has admitted he has missed football “so much” and is desperate to see the Premier League return on 17 June.

The top flight has been suspended  for almost three months after the coronavirus pandemic brought it to a halt on March 13 with the Reds 25 points clear at the top of the table.

Klopp’s men are within touching distance of their first top-flight title for 30 years and two more wins will secure it, although they could clinch the title with victory in their first game back if Manchester City lose to Arsenal on June 17.

“I have missed it so much it’s unbelievable,” Klopp told BBC Radio Five Live.

“I know it’s not the most important thing in life but it is my passion. I hope the people are looking forward to it because we are.

“It’s nice to think about it but we are not champions yet and we know that,” he added. “We know we are close but close is not there. There are 27 points left for us and we will try everything to take them all.

“We are still not champions. We have to play football games and we have to win them.

 

 

 

“We don’t want to stop winning after two games or whatever it is. I don’t see results written in the stars; we have to work really hard.”

Klopp also played down any concerns about playing at neutral venues and winning the title away from Anfield and confirmed a parade would take place when safe to do so, if, as expected the Reds lift the title.

“If we become champions, whatever celebrations are possible we will do as a team internally and with all our supporters in the moment we are allowed to do so again,” he said.

“I can promise that if it happens, there will be a parade as well. Whenever. Who cares! We only need one day when everybody is able to come and then we will do that.

 

“We will not have the help from the crowd but no team will have that so where is the advantage? Whoever we play it is the same situation which is why I’m not too worried about it,” said Klopp.

“We have tried to simulate the situation by training in the stadium and getting used to it.

“If you look at Germany, they have not had a lot of home wins. If the alternative is not to play at all, then I will play wherever you want. I don’t care.”

Regarding his players’ fitness, Klopp insists his squad will be ready to go for glory later this month.

“Some of them were better than last summer after a shorter break,” added the 52-year-old.

“When we start, we will have had four weeks – three weeks of contact training together – and that should be enough, it has to be enough. You never know after a summer break how you will be when the season starts again and it is a little bit similar to this time.

“From the first match, we all play for absolutely everything.”

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