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“Why should we help them?” – Klopp refuses to advise Solskjaer after derby defeat

By Ben Green

Published: 10:59, 26 April 2019

Jurgen Klopp has taken a thinly-veiled swipe at Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after his Manchester United side failed to pick up points against Manchester City. 

In the 178th instalment of the Manchester derby, City ran out 2-0 winners on Wednesday to put them in the ascendency for the Premier League title.

How is the title race shaping up? Five key things to know…

  1. Liverpool and City have been battling it out across the season for the Premier League title.
  2. At one stage in January, the Reds were nine points clear of City.
  3. But Pep Guardiola’s men have since reclaimed top spot, with the club now on an 11-match winning run.
  4. Three points in the Manchester derby was enough to see City leapfrog Liverpool to the summit.
  5. With three matches remaining City lead by just the single point.

Goals from Bernardo Silva and Leroy Sane ensured City clinched all three points against their neighbours, taking the club above Liverpool by one point with three matches remaining.

Before the match, the majority of the red half of Merseyside would have turned United supporter for the night, with any result other than a win enough to keep Liverpool at the top of the table, but their age-old adversaries failed to cause City any problems.

Defeat for United has now put their own top-four chances in serious jeopardy, while it was also the club’s seventh loss in nine matches, which has further enhanced the scrutiny mounting on Solskjaer in recent weeks.

Naturally, Klopp was disappointed by the outcome, and when asked how United can transform their current woes, the German refused to offer counsel.

He said: “They didn’t help us, why should we help them?”

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“Our eyes are always open”

Despite having just one loss to their name across the entire season, Liverpool are in serious danger of missing out on a first ever Premier League title.

Should City pip them to the trophy, Klopp may be tempted to bolster his ranks this summer in an attempt to usurp City next season, but the German was quick to cool speculation on a busy window – though he did refuse to rule out potential signings.

He added: “Transfers – we are not there to excite the people out there and think, ‘Wow, a new player!’ and stuff like that. Actually, the job is to improve the team and there are different ways.

“It’s about training – actually, I think that’s the best way to do it and if you have to sign somebody, you sign somebody.

“Will it be the biggest transfer window for Liverpool? No, probably not, but I think it would have been a surprise if I said ‘yes’.

“Our eyes are always open, we always look, but what happens if and when, there is nothing to say about in the moment.”