Jurgen Klopp has said that Sunday’s grudge match between Manchester United and Liverpool will not decide the outcome of the Premier League title race.
Liverpool go into this weekends hotly anticipated clash at Old Trafford in second place, although know that a win would move them three points clear at the top with Man City having already played one more game.
However, the Anfield based outfit have seen their form stutter in recent weeks, and they have won just three of their last eight games in all competitions, leaving some to questing whether they have the bottle to maintain their challenge for the Premier League title.
This weekend’s game against a resurgent Manchester United has been touted as a potentially pivotal fixture in the title race, where a United victory would hand the title impetus to Man City, who have seemingly recovered from their mini-blip.
Jurgen Klopp has downplayed the importance of the fixture, highlighting that they would still be level on points with City even if they were to lose at Old Trafford on Sunday.
“If we would see it like a lot of people see it – that it is the game – then that is too much pressure on everybody,” Klopp said in his pre-match press conference.
“You cannot do it like that. If we lose the game, and I don’t think about losing the game, then we are still level on points with Man City, and Tottenham are probably only two points behind. That is the worst thing that can happen.
“We have a chance to play an outstanding last period of the season, starting with one of the most difficult games. Even if we were 20 points ahead there is no guarantee we will win away at Manchester United because it’s Man United and there is always a reason why they especially want to beat us.
“We have to think about how can we cause them problems and that is the only thing we are thinking about. I cannot constantly think about the consequences of any result. If we win, what does that mean? We are in good shape.
“It will never be decided 12 matchdays before the end. They will all be tough. Now it is a really big one, I know that, I respect that. We are involved in that as well. You think it is only a big game for Manchester United? If you go in our dressing room they are all long enough here and if you are not long enough here the other guys will tell you.
“Everybody knows that Manchester United against Liverpool is one of the biggest games in world football. We have to prepare for that and still play a game.”