Jurgen Klopp has said it was unbelievable that his Liverpool side are 20 points ahead of Manchester City after the champions’ display on Monday night.
City were in imperious form as they swatted Burnley aside 5-0 at The Etihad to close the gap on the Reds to 20 points.
Reds boss Klopp via Zoom admitted he watched Pep Guardiola’s men, but only because Liverpool face them soon, and not because he wanted Guardiola’s men to lose.
Klopp was asked whether he had thought about City catching his side: “No,” he replied.
“The only thing I realised from watching the game last night was how is it possible any team is 20 points ahead of that team? We must have done something right.
“I don’t think about City catching us, I think about Crystal Palace. If you are not with us and want to make something bad of this like ‘City cannot catch us’ and make a big headline then that is completely b*******, because that is not what I say.
“I am only concerned about what we are doing and not what City are doing. I watched them because we play them in nine days and not because I was hoping they lose.”
The German did though admit that he was praying for Leicester to beat the champions at the end of last season as the two tussled for the Premier League title.
“Maybe I wanted them to lose last year against Leicester but that did not work really well, so that’s why I stopped doing that because it did not help.
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“I watched them, I respect them and they look like they will win all the games they have left.”
“We can prepare properly for it but I’m not analysing it yet. I’m completely 100% concentrating on Palace. We just have to play football.”
Klopp was reprimanded by the club’s press officer for saying “completely b*******” – and asked “what did I say?”
Liverpool host Crystal Palace at Anfield on Wednesday night with Mo Salah and Andy Robertson are both back, but Klopp confirmed that James Milner or Joel Matip will not be fit for this game.
Speaking about playing at an empty Anfield, Klopp added: “It will be very different. We trained for four weeks, we knew it (was coming).
“Football isn’t the same without fans, 100% wouldn’t be the same game without them. It is a period without them and we have to make the best of it.”