Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has admitted taking Pep Guardiola’s comments as a backhand compliment, adding that the Reds are making the Premier League title race exciting.
Manchester City and Liverpool are vying for the top of the Premier League table in the 2021-22 season. After the Merseyside giants drew 1-1 with Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday (May 7), City secured a massive 5-0 win over Newcastle United on Sunday. (May 8).
The Citizens win unlocked their three-point lead at the top of the table, bringing them close to a league title.
In his explosive post-match interview, Guardiola (via Mirror) that “everyone in this country” supported the Hams, causing an uproar on social media.
Klopp is aware of his contemporary’s controversial comments but added a positive touch to them. The German feels that Guardiola’s comments only prove that Liverpool are giving the English champions a chance to get their money.
Talking to daily MailKlopp revealed how exciting his team is in the Premier League. He said:
“I guess we could take it as a disingenuous compliment – if he meant it. Imagine what it would be like if we weren’t that close? Imagine this situation! Then the interviews would be boring like, ‘Whatever!’ You have to make sure there is some excitement and there is a fight Exciting about who stays in the league and who qualifies for the Champions League. We are all nervous, we can’t say we don’t.”
Manchester City can beat Liverpool in the title race with a match in hand
The Reds and Sky Blues have been at each other’s throats over the course of the campaign. For the most part, it was an unexpected race, but there is one preferred direction on the last lap.
Thanks to last weekend’s results, City are not only ahead of Merseysiders by three points, but also lead by goal difference (four goals).
The champions will be playing Wolverhampton Wanderers, West Ham United and Aston Villa in their last three games, and they have all given up a lot this season.
A big win over Wolverhampton could improve City’s goal difference and give them some breathing space. Given that Liverpool won the remaining three matches and City won two matches while maintaining a better goal difference, the title will go to Manchester.
If the Nationals play clinical as they did against Newcastle, they can unceremoniously start their celebrations before kicking the ball in the final round.