Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp admittedly took Pep Guardiola’s comments as a backhanded compliment, adding that the Reds make the Premier League title race exciting.
Manchester City and Liverpool are battling it out at the top of the Premier League table in the 2021-22 campaign. Following the Merseyside giants’ 1-1 draw with Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday May 7, City cruised to a massive 5-0 win over Newcastle United on Sunday. (May 8).
The Cityzens’ win saw them open a three-point lead at the top of the standings, bringing them one step closer to the league title.
In his explosive post-match interview, Guardiola claimed (via the Mirror) that ‘everyone in this country’ supports the Reds, causing a ruckus on social media.
Klopp is aware of his contemporary’s controversial comments but added a positive twist to them. The German believes Guardiola’s comments only prove that Liverpool get their money’s worth.
Speaking to the Daily Mail, Klopp revealed how exciting his team make the Premier League. He said:
“I think we might take it as a backhanded compliment – if he means it. Imagine what the situation would be if we weren’t so close? Imagine this situation! Then the interviews would be boring like “Whatever!”. You have to make sure there is excitement and there is an exciting battle over who stays in the league and who qualifies for the Champions League. We all feel the tension, we can’t say we don’t feel it.
Manchester City could beat Liverpool in title race with one game less
The Reds and Sky Blues have faced each other throughout the campaign. For the most part the race was unpredictable, but there is only one favorite heading into the final lap.
Thanks to last weekend’s results, City not only lead the Merseysiders by three points, but also on goal difference (four goals).
The champions will face Wolverhampton Wanderers, West Ham United and Aston Villa in their last three games, all of whom have conceded heavily this season.
A big win against Wolves would improve City’s goal difference and give them some breathing room. Considering Liverpool win their remaining three matches and City win two but retain a better goal difference, the title would go to Manchester.
If the Citizens play as clinically as they did against Newcastle, they can unofficially kick off their celebrations before the ball is kicked on the final matchday.