Liverpool FC boss Jurgen Klopp claims Man City lead would not be so big in a ‘normal season’
Jurgen Klopp says Liverpool would not be so far behind Manchester City in the Premier League if it were a “normal season”.
City are 10 points clear of second-placed Manchester United and 16 points ahead of defending champions Liverpool in sixth place ahead of this weekend’s fixtures.
Pep Guardiola’s side have won 12 consecutive Premier League matches to take complete control of the title race.
Liverpool, meanwhile, have lost their last three league games ahead of this evening’s Merseyside derby against Everton, but Klopp believes the coronavirus pandemic has been the major factor behind his side’s struggles.
“We all agree – and I’m sure Pep would say that – in a normal season for both teams we would not be 16 points away. But we are. That’s how it is. We accept it,” he said.
“This season it is not our concern how close we get to City. It is how far we can go up the table. That is enough work to do.”
Liverpool have struggled with well-documented injury problems this season, with defenders Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip all sidelined.
Klopp says he is just focused on making sure Liverpool finish as high up as they can this season, rather than looking at what City are doing.
“We do not have to think about that now because we do not play them any more this year, probably. Maybe in the Champions League,” he said.
Manchester City consolidated their position at the top of the league with a routine 3-1 win over Everton on Wednesday.
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“It was never the case where we thought ‘how can we overtake City?’, or ‘how can we become the finest team in English football again?’.
“We just wanted to be the best version of ourselves. We have that chance again. If that is good enough, it is good enough. If another team is better, that’s how sport works.
“We cannot do more than be the best version of ourselves and that is what we will try again as a team. For that we need a little bit more luck, of course. Slightly more luck with injuries and we can get closer to that.”