Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has vowed that his side will be as annoying as possible in their quest to overtake Manchester City in the Premier League title race.
It’s not too long ago that Man City appeared to be running away with the Premier League title race but as we hit the middle of March things are closer than ever, teeing us up for an exciting final run-in.
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Liverpool are just four points behind Man City but can cut that gap to just one as they play their game in hand against Arsenal on Wednesday. Klopp’s side are currently on a nine-game win streak in the Premier League that has allowed them to capitalise on Man City’s stuttering form, including a goalless draw with Crystal Palace on Monday night.
It was the second time in four matches that Man City had dropped points, also losing 3-2 to Tottenham Hotspur, the first game to truly re-open the possibility of Liverpool catching Pep Guardiola’s side who have been trailing on games played for some time.
The Reds have been brilliant of late, hitting their 20th Premier League win of the season at the weekend, beating Brighton to cap a week that also saw them reach the quarter-finals of the Champions League and win the 2021/22 EFL Cup.
But attention will now turn to the Premier League and a trip to the Emirates on Wednesday, with Klopp looking to keep the pressure on Man City.
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“That’s the plan, of course. We keep being as annoying as possible,” Klopp told reporters.
“But we have to win our football games. Why should we say it’s not our cup of tea? We are very ambitious and determined to do great stuff but we respect a lot how good they are and we respect even more how good all the other teams we face on our way there.
“I’m not sure of all the 10 games we play but there are a few really tough ones in there. Every Premier League game is tough but a few are especially tough and one of them we play tomorrow night.
“Sitting here and saying we win 10 games, it doesn’t sound very likely. But as long as it’s possible, we will give it a proper try, I can tell you.”
Despite Liverpool having a game in hand and the opportunity to close the gap to a point, ahead of next month’s potential title-deciding clash at the Etihad, Man City midfielder Bernardo Silva is still confident of a second successive Premier League trophy.
“Nine games to go, but it’s still better to be in our position than in Liverpool’s and they have to play in our stadium so it’s going to be exciting,” he told Sky Sports after Man City’s draw with Crystal Palace.
After Liverpool face Arsenal, the top two aren’t in action in the Premier League until after the international break, with the FA Cup quarter-finals taking over this weekend.
Both return in April with ties against relegation battling sides, as Liverpool host Watford and Man City travel to Burnley. And then it’s the big one.