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Jurgen Klopp reveals which teams he enjoys watching as a neutral

By William Eldridge

Published: 16:41, 25 April 2019

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has revealed which teams he enjoys watching play football away from the Merseyside club. 

The Reds boss has currently got his mind on important matters as Liverpool attempt to win their first league title in 29 years.

Who are Klopp’s favourite teams? Five things you need to know…

  1. After retiring from professional football in 2001 at Mainz 05, Klopp was given the opportunity to take over as club manager.
  2. Guiding Mainz 05 back into the Bundesliga among other achievements convinced Borussia Dortmund to hire Klopp.
  3. Two Bundesliga titles, two domestic cups and a Champions League final later, the German left the club in 2015 and eventually joined Liverpool.
  4. The German has admitted he still has a connection with Dortmund, and enjoys watching them play when he can.
  5. Klopp also praised the playing styles of Premier League rivals Manchester City and Tottenham and Champions League opponents Barcelona.

Speaking to reporters about whether he finds time to watch football outside of his commitments on Merseyside, Klopp admitted that there were a few clubs that still attract his attention from a neutral’s perspective.

The Reds boss shared his love of his former clubs but also cited two Premier League rivals – Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur – and Champions League semi-final opponents Barcelona as teams he enjoys watching.

Klopp said: “Whenever I have time I like to watch Dortmund because I’m still connected with them.

“Furthermore, there are 3 teams: Man City, Barcelona and Tottenham. I always like to watch them.

“[Werder] Bremen I like to watch as well, but also Mainz – with them I’m still connected too. I also think it’s impressive what they play under Sandro Schwarz.”

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Can Liverpool still win the league?

Manchester City’s vital 2-0 victory away to arch-rivals Manchester United has certainly dented spirits in the red half of Merseyside.

With just three games remaining, Liverpool are second in the Premier League and one point behind Pep Guardiola’s City side who now have the title race in their control.

Before Liverpool can dream of City dropping points in the final stretch, the Reds need to ensure they pick up a maximum nine points to keep the pressure on the reigning champions.

Liverpool face Huddersfield Town, Newcastle United and Wolverhampton Wanderers, with wins in all three matches most likely needed to keep pace with City.

However, Klopp’s men also have a small matter of two semi-final matches against Barcelona in the Champions League to contend with.

An unwelcome distraction?