Klopp also wins with heavily modified Liverpool – Jürgen Klopp is waxing lyrical about the Liverpool squad that recorded a hard-fought and crucial 1-2 victory over Southampton on Tuesday night. Thanks to the victory, ‘The Reds’ can still hope for the championship on the last Premier League matchday.
Klopp could not have, among others, Virgil van Dijk, Mohamed Salah and Fabinho at His disposal in Southampton due to injuries. Because of Saturday’s wear and tear in the FA Cup final – Chelsea were only beaten on penalties – he also kept many other stars on the sidelines.
“I’m a bit overwhelmed, this win does me a lot. After the game I said it’s almost criminal what I’ve done to some,” Klopp said of calling on a lot of players who are normally out of the starting line-up in such an important match.
“It is exceptional to still perform like this with nine changes in the team. We would have had more problems if we had drafted the ones who had played 120 minutes on Saturday.”
Klopp also wins with heavily modified Liverpool
‘It makes me a bit emotional’
In the event of a defeat of Liverpool, Manchester City could have called themselves champions. It didn’t come to that, although Southampton did lead 1-0.
Liverpool won thanks to goals from Takumi Minamino and Joël Matip.
“If it had gone wrong, it would have been my responsibility,” said Klopp. “Fortunately, they did a great job. I’m so happy with it, it makes me a little emotional. It feels like I have several Ferraris in the garage.”
Everything now comes down to the last round of play, in which leader City has the best papers. The team of manager Josep Guardiola has a point lead and plays Sunday at home against Aston Villa.
At the same time, Liverpool face Wolverhampton Wanderers at Anfield.
Thanks to the FA Cup win, Liverpool still have a chance at the quadruple. Klopp’s team has already conquered the League Cup and not only has a chance to win the league title, but also to win the Champions League.
Real Madrid is on May 28 the opponent in the final.
Standings in title battle
- 1. Manchester City 37-90 (+72)
- 2. Liverpool 37-89 (+66)
Klopp also wins with heavily modified Liverpool: ‘As if I have several Ferraris’
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