CITY SPE­CIAL ‘Sec­ond is noth­ing’ Klopp warns Blues

Manchester Evening News - - SPORT - By DAN O’TOOLE By STUART BREN­NAN

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,

Jur­gen Klopp

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