Jurgen Klopp has told talkSPORT he expects Manchester City to instantly regain their Premier League lead and insists every game since January has been like a cup final.
Liverpool moved up to top of the league with a 2-0 win over Watford early in the kick-off, but title rivals City immediately fought back with a 2-0 victory over Burnley to return to the top.
Despite the status quo remaining in the title fight, it marks an impressive turnaround for Liverpool, who were up to 14 points behind City last January.
Klopp’s side have won 16 of their last 17 games in all competitions to massively boost their trophy chances on all fronts, and the German has revealed his side’s mentality during the streak.
When asked by talkSPORT’s Jim White if the remaining fixtures will feel like ‘cup finals’, Klopp admitted the whole of 2022 has been.
“It’s been for us already since January I would say [the games were like cup finals]”, Klopp said.
“We knew we had to win every game, there was one game we didn’t have to win and we lost immediately, that was Inter Milan’s home game.
“That’s our situation because we are fighting with the best teams in the world in different competitions and you can only have a chance of winning anything if you win a lot of football matches.
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“In this league that pretty much means winning them all, it’s really difficult if you think about it, but if you take them game by game then maybe it’s possible, but I don’t know.”
Goals from Diogo Jota and Fabinho saw Liverpool overcome Watford to skip City, but their advantage lasted less than an hour when Kevin De Bruyne gave the Manchester side a fifth-minute lead against Burnley.
Klopp predicted the instant turnaround, saying the prospect of moving to the top for an extended period was never in his thoughts.
“Being the best is not in my feelings, or hasn’t settled in my feelings,” he said. “I didn’t think about it, I knew if we won we would be [top] for a few hours, but I’m not sure yet.
“When did City start? They’re starting now, so maybe in two minutes it’s on.
“It’s really not what I was thinking, we didn’t talk about it, we didn’t talk about it, we didn’t think about it, we only wanted the three points and we knew it would be difficult.
“Of course, that’s pretty much the best position to be in football, but actually only after the last day of the season and not now, nine, eight matchdays before the end, but it’s better than to be 12th, I can tell you that.”
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