Jurgen Klopp refuses to join in on Liverpool title-winning parties just yet as Reds go 16 points clear with Manchester United victory
Jan. 20, 2020
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has no intention of joining any title-winning parties yet after Liverpool took a giant step towards securing a first Premier League crown in 30 years with a 2-0 victory over Manchester United on Sunday.
Goals from Virgil Van Dijk and Mohamed Salah gave the Reds a deserved victory over their fiercest rivals which puts them a mammoth 16 points clear at the top of the table, with a game in hand over closest rivals Manchester City.
There were some nervy moments with the score only 1-0 entering the closing stages with the Reds squandering several opportunites to extend their lead.
However, Salah’s added-time breakaway effort ended those concerns, with the Kop erupting before going on to sing about winning the league for the first time this season .
“They can sing whatever they want,” he told talkSPORT. “I am not here to dictate what they sing. If our fans were not in a good mood now that would be really strange.
“But we are here to work. It is as simple as that. It is a very positive atmosphere but I have to stay concentrated.
“We play on Thursday against Wolves. I am only interested in that game and nothing else.
“Of course they are allowed to dream and sing whatever they want and, as long as they do their job in the moment we play, all fine. But we will not be part of that party yet.”
Liverpool dominated the contest after Van Dijk headed the hosts ahead on 14 minutes but they had two goals disallowed and spurned a host of other chances to make victory more comfortable.
United, without talismanic striker Marcus Rashford, finished strongly but Anthony Martial blazed over when well placed and the Merseysiders held on.
“It was a really good game, one of the best derbies we have played so far,” he added.
“We were very dominant in most periods of the game, we played outstandingly well.
“We were flexible and created chances. We only scored from a set-piece (in those periods) but had other chances, obviously, and the start of the second half was absolutely brutal. We had three or four chances at least, and didn’t score.
“Then it was how it often is, the opponent had the chance to come back and score, but we defended with a lot of passion and a big heart, carried by the atmosphere.”