Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has insisted that his fight for the Premier League title remains unchanged after Manchester City’s stunning defeat to Tottenham last weekend.
City’s 3-2 defeat, in which Spurs star and England captain Harry Kane scored twice, and Liverpool’s previous win over Norwich, saw Klopp’s men’s lead at the top of the table fall to six points.
That deficit will be reduced to three points if Liverpool win their home game against Leeds on Wednesday.
However, Klopp remains convinced that City will win all of their remaining league games, meaning Liverpool will have to focus on themselves.
“I was on my way home when it was 2-1 against Tottenham and stopped following it because I was sure they would equalize,” Klopp told a pre-match press conference on Tuesday.
“Then we went out and the driver was very excited and told me it was 2-2 and then 3-2. I thought City won, but it was Tottenham, so ‘Oh’ was my reaction.
“Nothing changes for us, we have to win all our matches. I think you can expect that (Manchester City will win all their games). Historically, it happens more often than not.”
The German added: “There are so many things that can happen in football. I can’t – I’m just not made for it – counting points on our account before we play the game.
“That’s why we have to be 100 percent focused on just this one game, because we can’t win the game and the league and everything in one game. We just have to make sure we win a very difficult Premier League game.”
Leeds have won just one point from their last four games, a point that sees Marcelo Bielsa’s men slip into the relegation zone.
– Leeds can ‘eat’ you –
But with Leeds trailing 3-1 in a 3-3 draw with Aston Villa and Manchester United terrified in an eventual 4-2 defeat this month, Klopp remains wary of the threat from the Yorkshire club.
“Leeds are very brave and exciting offensively,” said the Liverpool manager. “Defensively, you can give them trouble, but it’s hard because of the guy who marks the whole field. If you’re not really in the game, they’ll eat you.
“They’re missing some decisive players: Patrick Bamford, (Kalvin) Phillips and (Liam) Cooper is pretty much their backbone… But they never give up. We really have to make sure we’re 100 per cent good. If We’re not ready for a fight, we’ll suffer.”
Klopp added that Roberto Firmino and Diogo Jota would miss the game in Leeds due to injury, with the attackers uncertain of taking on Chelsea in Sunday’s League Cup final.
“They weren’t on the field to train, so that’s not a good sign,” he said. “We have to see what we can do with the boys in the coming days and make a decision later in the week.”