Klopp: United tie will not decide title destination

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - JANUARY 30: Jurgen Klopp, Manager of Liverpool applauds the crowd after the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Leicester City at Anfield on January 30, 2019 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

The outcome of the game between Liverpool and Manchester United will not be decisive in the title destination, according to manager Jurgen Klopp.

Klopp’s men take on a revitalised Manchester United on Sunday in the bid to return to the summit of the table.

But the German manager believes the result against United who have won seven of their last nine home league games against the Reds will not decide the title.

“The problem is never to play these game for the boys, it is all the talk around them,” said Klopp in an exclusive one-to-one interview with Sky Sports ahead of Sunday’s encounter with United.

“We try as much as possible to stay focused on ourselves and what we really can influence. And in the end, people are only nervous because in the end, people always want guarantees as early as possible.

“And nobody can give that. The moment it feels a little bit as though City have the advantage because it is City, Tottenham have an advantage because they are chasing from behind and we have to play United.

MUNICH, GERMANY - APRIL 12: Mario Goetze (R) of Muenchen and Juergen Klopp, head coach of Dortmund shake hands prior to the Bundesliga match between FC Bayern Muenchen and Borussia Dortmund at Allianz Arena on April 12, 2014 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Lennart Preiss/Bongarts/Getty Images)

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“That is how people see it. But in the end, absolutely no decision will be made this weekend or next weekend. That is what we created, a basis to fight for the league title until the very end.

“So that is positive and we have to seen it like this, which we try. We never thought when we were seven points ahead that City will keep losing all their games.


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