CITY SPECIAL ‘Second is nothing’ Klopp warns Blues
JURGEN Klopp says Liverpool are not interested in finishing second in the Premier League this season.
The Reds are tipped to push City all the way in the Blues’ bid to retain the title for the first time.
Liverpool kept City out at Anfield last weekend, with Riyad Mahrez sending an 85th-minute penalty high over the crossbar to keep the scores level.
And Klopp insists Liverpool have their focus trained on securing a first league title since 1990.
“In most sports, coming second in the Olympics you come home with a silver medal,” Klopp said. “In football, it’s nothing. And it’s nothing for me as well. I want to win it, and I know that’s a responsibility.
“I put all I have, knowledge, passion, heart, experience, I throw everything into the club 100 per cent. I don’t keep anything back.”
Liverpool lost the Champions League final to Real Madrid last season and Klopp is still to clinch his first silverware since taking over three years ago this week. But the German is confident his methods will succeed on Merseyside.
“It should work, actually, at one point. But until then, we should have a really good time.” THE Centurions versus the Invincibles as the best team in Premier League history? It’s not even a debate. In fact, to suggest that they are the only two candidates for such a high-falutin’ title is dodgy in itself – you would have to consider United’s Treble winners, who also won it for the following two years, and Chelsea’s back-to-back champions of 2004-06.
But in terms of the greatest performance within a single league season, pitting Arsene Wenger’s unbeaten 2004 team against Pep Guardiola’s 100-point heroes is a fair question. But it’s also a blindingly obvious answer.
The BBC have thrown the question in the air, asking a panel, which includes Gunners legend Ian Wright, for their views on the Premier League Show. To us at M.E.N. Sport, it seems a no-brainer. Going the entire season unbeaten is a phenomenal feat, and no-one is trying to take the shine off what that fabulous Arsenal team did.
But, especially in an age when there are three points for a win and one for a draw, going unbeaten does not even make you a certainty to end up as champions!
Parachute Arsenal’s 2003/04 team into last season, and they would finish a full 10 points behind City.
Advocates of the Invincibles base their entire argument on the notion that football is about not getting beaten.
Which is probably true if you are Jose Mourinho,