He was talking to reporters ahead of his team’s Sunday game at Bournemouth, but in a way, it felt as if he was addressing his players, as if seeing his squad members in the face of the reporters, sending them a clear message: most probably we won’t win the Premier League title, but there are other titles up for grabs.
This season nobody is really fighting any more for the title. I don’t think United are
Jurgen Klopp first said, believing that even second-placed Manchester United do not stand a real chance of reaching leaders Manchester City.
We will all try to come as close as possible but if City doesn’t have any drop then they will probably win it so does that mean all the others have to stop?
the Liverpool manager’s… rhetorical question was.
To be the best of the rest could be a fantastic target. So it is to try to have the best position in the table which for us for the last – I don’t know how many years – is probably third or second
the German also said, before going back some years, to the season that Borussia Dortmund finished 25 points behind Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga, but almost, just almost beat them in that season’s Champions League final.
We cannot chase City, like we couldn’t chase Bayern in these times but we could have beaten them in the Champions league final – that’s 100 per cent. We were not worse, it was an open game and nobody saw in this game a team 25 points ahead. We didn’t play a bad season, we got to the Champions League final and had some of our best moments in our life in that campaign
Klopp said, indirectly urging his players to look at the bigger picture, and not focus on how improbable it is to win the PL title this season.