Jurgen Klopp believes Liverpool may need an “absolutely crazy” run that sees them win all of their remaining Premier League games to be sure of securing the title. The German is wary of his rivals’ form ahead of facing Arsenal on Sunday.
The Reds can go eight points ahead of third-place Arsenal with a victory at the Emirates Stadium, possibly eliminating Mikel Arteta’s team from the title race in the process. However, a resurgent Man City side are five points behind the Merseysiders and have a game in hand.
Klopp, who will stand down as Liverpool manager at the end of the season, is expecting a scenario in which his team must win all of their 16 Premier League games to be sure of finishing top.
Asked if the announcement of his departure has added a distraction for his players in the second half of the campaign, Klopp responded: “If I wouldn’t have announced what I announced a week ago, what would be different?
“‘Wouldn’t it be nice to win another Premier League, wouldn’t it be nice to win that, wouldn’t it be nice to do that after all the things we did over the years and how close we were?’ It’s all the same.
“The only little difference is that now they say: ‘[Win it] for Jurgen’. That’s the only thing.
“Of course I want to win the league. But here are so many games between now and then.
“We have to play them all and we have to win them all, which is absolutely crazy. I just can not think about it. I am not a dreamer. But if you ask me if it would be nice then, yes, very nice for everybody involved and the whole Liverpool world.
“If it can generate a few extra per-cent it would be good but I’m not sure that’s needed because we are already at 100 per-cent and that is fine.”
Liverpool’s longest winning streak of Klopp’s reign was a mammoth 18-game run between October 2019 and February 2020. The Reds went on to win the title that season, with the campaign resuming behind closed doors after the March breakout of the coronavirus pandemic.
Klopp’s side have therefore proved it can be done. That was largely with a different squad, though, and the German has told his new players to ‘buckle up’ for the second half of the campaign.
He continued: “It’s really about us digging deep into the season, keep going, hold your breath, buckle up, all these kind of things and go for it. That’s what we are here for with these fantastic players.”