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Klopp refusing to give up title hopes as Liverpool hammer Huddersfield

Jurgen Klopp has urged his Liverpool side to carry on until the very last minute of the season as they moved back to the top of the league with a 5-0 hammering of already-relegated Huddersfield.

A brace apiece from Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane followed Naby Keita’s 15th-second opener in what was a one-sided evening at Anfield against a side who are already preparing for life in the Championship.

The win moved Liverpool back to the top of the Premier League by two points, although they know that the title is out of their own control, with Man City needing just three wins from their final three games to regain their crown.

However, Jurgen Klopp has urged his side to not give up hope that Pep Guardiola’s men will slip up, although he is warning that the Reds remaining games against Newcastle and Wolves won’t be so easy.

“It’s a good team. I know which direction the question leads because everybody is asking me that. 91 points is crazy but it’s only possible because the boys played like they played, because the boys have the attitude they have, the mindset they have, they keep the mood they are in. That’s so important,” Klopp said in his post-match press conference.

“At the end, we cannot do more than win these games; that’s what we did so far and that’s what we’ll try to do again. Why should we think where City could slip or not?

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“We play Newcastle in the league, that’s their last home game. I’m not sure there’s a traditionally outstanding relationship between the cities, exchange of points when you need it. That’s not like it is. We will go there and they will fight with all they have in the last league game. We have to be ready.

“And then the last game, Wolves, wow, maybe it’s like this that if they win they are for sure seventh in the league. If they want to be that and go for that, you will see that as well. They are a really difficult team to play against, not only Arsenal felt that – a lot of teams felt that and will feel that.

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“So we don’t have to think about something else. If we do the job in these two games and something happens in the other games, then we are there. If not, then we still did our best – our 100 per cent best – and that’s the only thing you really can expect from us.

“You cannot ask for luck, you cannot ask for destiny, you have to work for it and then the rest around happens. That’s exactly what we do.

“I wasn’t 100 per cent sure what happens when United played City, I came into the training ground the next morning and the mood was exactly like before, really good, nothing changed. We had to watch it or we knew about it because we didn’t play and there was a good football game on TV, so we watched it. But it has nothing to do with us really.

“If we can have 97 then let’s go for it and then we will see. It’s still history. We said we want to create our own history – that’s what we tried, that’s what the boys did, that’s what Mo Salah did tonight again, with the points tally we have and all that stuff.

“These boys are outstanding, that’s the reason why we are where we are. Let’s carry on and we will see where it ends.”

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