Jürgen Klopp, the Liverpool manager, is certain that the title race in England is over – and every single team, except for the league leaders Manchester City, are just fighting for the second place.
There is an 11-point gap between the first two places in the league as Manchester City are ahead of their biggest rivals, Manchester United – and Klopp believes that Guardiola’s side deserve to win the title as they have scored 52 goals so far and won 16 out of their 17 matches. The German claimed that there is no longer such a thing as a “title fight”, not even for second-placed United.
The former BVB coach spoke about the situation in the table as he said, according to Goal: “This season nobody is really fighting anymore for the title. I don’t think United are,” the German told UK newspapers ahead of his team’s trip to Bournemouth on Sunday. We will all try to come as close as possible but if City doesn’t have any drop then they will probably win it so does that mean all the others have to stop?”
But he believes that fighting for the second place is also a good thing: “To be the best of the rest could be a fantastic target. So it is to try to have the best position in the table which for us for the last – I don’t know how many years – is probably third or second.”
In the end, Jürgen Klopp compared this situation to the situation with Bayern back in his time in Germany: “We cannot chase City like we couldn’t chase Bayern in these times but we could have beaten them in the Champions League final – that’s 100 percent. We were not worse, it was an open game and nobody saw in this game a team 25 points ahead. We didn’t play a bad season, we got to the Champions League final and had some of our best moments in our life in that campaign.”