‘I had to ask exactly how many points clear we are – I really forgot!’: Jurgen Klopp reveals he DIDN’T KNOW that Liverpool are now 16 clear… and he’s not feeling the pressure
- Jurgen Klopp admits he was unaware how big Liverpool’s lead at the top was
- The Reds are 16 points clear and 40 games unbeaten as they power to the title
- A late Roberto Firmino goal against Wolves sealed a 2-1 win to extend their lead
- The German shrugged off the idea of pressure and said he doesn’t think about it
- He said the only objective the team have had since he arrived is to win games
Jordan Henderson opened the scoring for the league leaders, and Roberto Firmino struck late to secure a vital three points after Raul Jimenez levelled.
Jurgen Klopp forgot how big a lead Liverpool had created at the top of the Premier League
Match-winning hero Roberto Firmino celebrates with centre-back Virgil van Dijk after his goal
Klopp’s men look to be cruising to that elusive Premier League crown having won every game bar one this season – a draw against Manchester United – but despite the title looking like a formality, the German has shrugged off any notion of pressure.
He added that a hectic fixture schedule had meant he had lost track of the team’s advantage at the summit, insisting he hadn’t given it thought.
‘When was the pressure higher on us, this year or last year? Human beings are like this. I don’t think about it,’ he said after the game.
Firmino is mobbed by his Liverpool team-mates after striking late on to seal the three points
Pep Guardiola has a mountain to climb to catch Liverpool after they went 16 points clear
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‘I had to ask exactly how many points clear we are, that’s the truth.
‘I really forgot it in the week, with the number of games, I didn’t think about it.’
The win at Molineux came at a cost as Sadio Mane went down injured, but Klopp said losing one of his key players was the only problem he was concerned about, rather than maintaining their position at the top.
‘I know we play Sunday against Shrewsbury and Wednesday West Ham and I know we play Saturday. That’s three games in seven days, that’s a lot.
‘I know we lost Sadio Mane [to a hamstring injury], that’s what I think about, that’s the pressure I have. All the rest is not pressure.
‘We want to win football games and when I arrived here a few years ago we wanted to win football games.
‘That’s the pressure [and] yes, I feel that. Apart from that, nothing, it’s just football.’
Klopp said that the only pressure the team face is the prospect of losing Sadio Mane to injury
The Reds’ incredible start to the season has seen them rack up so many points that they could lose six games in a row and still top the table – a statistic that didn’t sit well with Klopp when informed after the game.
‘You can lose six games, I could vomit when I hear that!,’ Klopp told BT Sport. ‘It is over when it is over, not before.’
Liverpool looked in trouble when Jimenez equalised early on in the second half, but the team did what champions do – they find a way.
The German embraces Trent Alexander-Arnold and Joe Gomez after the 2-1 win at Molineux
Klopp said he was delighted to see the players’ reaction to going behind and admitted he was blown away by their desire to find another late winner.
‘We don’t go for perfection, we go for a perfect reaction if possible, that’s what we try to do, that we really fight back in difficult situations in the game.
‘That’s what the boys did again and so, we won the game, which is really unbelievable.’
Next up for Liverpool is a trip to League One outfit Shrewsbury in the FA Cup on Sunday before traveling to Premier League strugglers West Ham on Wednesday.
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