The Liverpool boss saw his side very briefly rise to the top of the Premier League after beating Watford on Saturday, but it wasn’t long before Manchester City struck back
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Jurgen Klopp couldn’t help but smile after Manchester City “killed” several questions from journalists before his post-match press conference could begin.
Liverpool Boss Klopp prepared to answer media questions after seeing his side bat Watford 2-0 to the early whistle on Saturday by doing First Leaguewith the win taking the Reds to the top of the table after goals from Diogo Jota and Fabinho, the second a late penalty.
But with City headed towards Turf Moor to face up Burnley On Saturday afternoon, it was always very likely that Liverpool would be quickly ousted from the top of the table by a side who were 14 points clear of the Reds in mid-January.
And of course afterwards Kevin De Bruyne Already after five minutes the shot on goal was opened for the guests, in which direction the game would go.
A smiling Klopp had clearly been briefed on the goal as he sat down in front of the media and said: “So City have already taken care of one of your questions, haven’t they?”
When Klopp finally asked himself a few questions, he agreed that the Reds’ win had been more about taking the three points than an impressive performance.
“Yes, of course, there’s no doubt about that,” he said.
“These games can go either way; if you score early, very early, you just kind of get into a flow, it can go one way.
“But it’s not very likely, it’s really unlikely that you’ll see the best game of the season after the international break. So we had to work through that game against a very organized Watford side. Roy [Hodgson] does a really incredible job.
“After [going] 0:1 back, nothing changed, on the counterattack. When the players came, they counterattacked. It makes it uncomfortable.
“Of course we had a scary moment in the first half when Ali [Alisson] had this incredible rescue. But we got our goal, nice, and controlled it, which is the most important thing. Scoring the second goal was of course a kind of relief. Winning the game is all we wanted, the lads delivered and now we can move on.”
On the title race he added: “No, you can’t give an inch.
“But it has nothing to do with being at the top of the table, I wasn’t thinking about that at the moment, I was just happy to have won the game and now have 72 points.
“Hopefully. To keep the title race going, we have to win our football games, otherwise it will be really difficult. And the next Premier League game is obviously a big one, we’re not hiding from that. It’s all good.”
“But now we have one Champions League game to play, which is just as important, and three days to prepare it. Then we’ll go from there.”
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