Klopp responds to Guardiola’s mind games

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With the title race gradually drawing to its conclusion rival managers Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola are trying to use a bit of reverse-psychology to their advantage.

It is difficult to separate the two sides at the top – with Klopp’s men two points ahead of Man City who still have the Manchester derby as their game in hand.

The Citizens will retain the title if they win their five remaining games but they have a tougher fixture list with United and Spurs in the mix.

Liverpool, on the other hand, have an easier run-in, with their next two matches being against Cardiff and Huddersfield.

However, with the pressure getting to its crescendo Guardiola decided to bring in the mind games by claiming they will win all their remaining games after dispatching the Eagles 3-1 at Selhurst Park on Sunday.

He told the Daily Star: ”We know Liverpool will win all their games and we have to win our games. It’s in our hands depending on our performances.”

But Klopp has taken aim at his counterpart with some mind games of his own, following their morale-boosting victory over Chelsea at Anfield yesterday.

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He said: “We expect [City] to win all their games.

“We just need to get as many points as possible and if we’re champions then great, but if not it is still a really good football team.

“What a team, what a stadium, what an atmosphere. I’m so thankful I can be a part of this, it’s great. It’s just outstanding, very overwhelming at times.”

Guardiola then went on to warn his side about the implications of letting their foot off the pedal, insisting that any dropped points will mean relinquishing the title.

The Spaniard added: “If we just drop one or two points we won’t be champions.

“We have played with incredible personality in the last two or three months – for the last month we’ve known that if we drop points it will be more difficult if not impossible to win the title.”