Whatever anyone says about Liverpool Men’s Football Club (and they’re saying a lot of stuff), it’s hard to call this a club in crisis. A Champions League trophy followed by the Premier League trophy is hardly negated by mistakes and poor form that will probably see us end this season somewhere in the top four. Jürgen Klopp is just as pragmatic after the loss against Manchester City as he has been after the best wins of the season.
“It is not the last game of the season so there are a lot of games to come,” Klopp said after the game. “If we would have played more often as we played tonight, we would not be 10 or 13 points behind City but it is not a dreamland or whatever, we have to accept the reality and we do that. We will fight, we will fight for results. Tonight we did that. We didn’t get it because of our own fault, that’s clear, but the good stuff we should keep.”
The mistakes were bad and—let’s not mince words—confirmed that the title is well and truly out of our hands. But there’s still the Champions League and top four to play for and Klopp is already looking ahead.
“They have a day off, Tuesday I think. Tomorrow we have training, we have recovery and all that stuff. Tuesday will be off. I prefer that tomorrow we speak again about it in the right manner, that we have the day off then with the right mindset.”
“I don’t like it too much but it happened from time to time, if you are then at home, we all think our own stuff, we think, ‘Oh my god, it’s a catastrophe.’ There are worse things in the world than losing a football game. For us, it is very, very important, no doubt about that, but I want them to understand and to know the football we played tonight in long periods of the game, if we would have played this football more often then we would have more points. As I said, we will speak tomorrow about that, Tuesday will be off and then everyone can recover.”