Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has said he believes the team can use their lack of title-winning experience as a positive in the race for the Premier League’s top spot.
Anxiety and nerves are beginning to set in on Merseyside as the prospect of a first league triumph since 1990 beckons, with the knowledge that their Manchester counterparts have the upper hand when it comes to winning trophies.
Klopp is unperturbed by the difference in experience however, claiming that Liverpool can use it to their advantage in the final 11 games of the season.
“We are not that experienced in winning the league. [But] it’s so positive, so positive. If you only judge the moment and see the opportunity then everything is fine,” Klopp said in his pre-match press conference ahead of tonight’s game against Watford.
“But if you always look one, two or three weeks back, where we dropped points, where we conceded goals, thinking ‘we have to win that’ not ‘we can win that’, that makes life a little bit more uncomfortable, that’s the truth.
“Usually in a situation where you can be champions for the first time in your life – for a lot of our supporters it would be the first time in their life, and for a lot of my players as well – it’s pure opportunity and you have to use it on the front foot, with all the things you have to always do in football.
“You will never win a game without defending and being completely focused on defending. When we won games 3-0 or 4-0, we defended outstandingly well. Against Bournemouth we defended outstandingly well and scored.
“We have to make sure we can really feel that and can use that because it’s an opportunity.”
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