Jurgen Klopp shuts down Pep Guardiola ‘joke’ about Liverpool already winning title
And the German has called on his Liverpool players to continue to pile on the pressure by beating Chelsea on Sunday to continue their perfect start to the season.
Manchester City’s 3-2 defeat at Norwich last weekend allowed the Reds to open up a five-point gap at the top of the Premier League, leading Guardiola to declare: “Congratulations Liverpool, you are the champions!”
The current champions bounced back from that shock defeat by thrashing Watford 8-0 on Saturday to bridge the gap to two points.
And Klopp, who takes his side to Stamford Bridge today to take on the Blues, is adamant nothing has been decided in any way yet.
“It hasn’t been won already,” said the former Borussia Dortmund coach ahead of the clash.
“Pep knows that – and that is why I understand, 100 per cent, why he made a joke about it.
“This season won’t be like last season. We have seen that already, with every team making big steps.
“There is not team in the league who I think will go down with hardly any points. You’ve got Watford who were at the bottom with two points but, performance-wise, they could already have had five, six or seven points.
“Wolves are also struggling a bit – but will end up going back up – so we have already seen that the league is different this season.
“I think that’s why Pep responded like he did with a joke because nothing has happened so far.
“We’ve had just five games and so many things can still happen. You simply cannot think that far ahead.
“We have enough to do just thinking about the next game, then the next game and the next game.”
Liverpool narrowly missed out on the Premier League title last season despite accumulating 97 points and only losing one game, but went on to win the Champions League.
It is a first league title in 30 years that the club really craves though and Klopp says he hopes for his team to stay in the game as the season progresses.
“We know that one more win would have been enough last season, but we also know that sometimes when you try to win, you can end up losing,” he added.
“You have to make sure you stay in the game. You cannot always go for the result, because the league is so strong that if you open up in the last 20 minutes then you give the other team a chance to win.
“So you have to be solid and you have to be sensible. I also don’t think you can compare this season with last season.”