Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp hit back at Pep Guardiola by saying that half of their own city is not supporting them in the title race. Liverpool is level on points with City although they have played an extra game and trail on goal difference after City beat Newcastle 5-0. Liverpool was dealt a huge blow to their title aspirations when they drew 1-1 with Tottenham at Anfield.
“I live in Liverpool so, yes, here a lot of people want us to win the league, that’s true, but even here it’s probably only 50 percent,” Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp said. “As a manager, and I had this experience recently after a game (Tottenham), we are massively influenced by the game, the situation, I said – would I say it again, no – after the game ‘they play like they play and are still only fifth’. It was just my feeling at that moment and I couldn’t respect Antonio (Conte) more and what he was doing.”
“After getting knocked out of the Champions League, that’s already difficult enough to take but then, of course, Liverpool made it to the final. You have these kinds of things, ‘they played Villarreal and we played Real’ and you say what you say. He’s [Guardiola] right, I was right about the fifth place and Tottenham, and he was right we won the Premier League only once,” he added. “I have no idea if the whole country is supporting us, it’s not the feeling I get when we go to places, it’s actually the opposite. Maybe he knows more about that than I. We have absolutely no hand in how City play their games but before they are played, we should not add on points. We don’t do that and I’m pretty sure City is not doing that. [Until] it’s not reachable anymore, why should we stop believing?”