Jürgen Klopp reacted to Liverpool’s frustrating draw with West Ham by admitting his players need to raise their game to deliver the club’s first league title since 1990.
Liverpool’s second successive stalemate means they are three points above Manchester City, who will go top if they beat Everton at Goodison Park on Wednesday night, and five clear of Tottenham with 13 games left. The Premier League’s pacesetters looked nervy and lost more momentum after Michail Antonio cancelled out Sadio Mané’s controversial opener on a tense night.
“If you want to be top at the end of the season, you have to deal with much tougher situations than we had today,” Klopp said. “For the last five, six, seven weeks, we talked about a two-horse race but now Tottenham are in behind,” Klopp said. “For me they are 100% in the race.”
However, Liverpool’s manager, who said that Mané’s goal should have been ruled out for offside, insisted he was happy with a point. “I see your faces and you are feeling sorry for us but we are fine,” he said. “If you get a point at West Ham, that’s fine. That’s not a surprise. If you want to win big things you have to be ready for these tight races.”
Klopp bristled after being informed of Mark Noble’s claim that Liverpool were scared of West Ham. “I wish for West Ham fans that Mark Noble and his team would scare more teams and not only us tonight,” he said. “I don’t know him really well, so I don’t know why he speaks about us after a game like that. They defended well, that’s true. (The Guardian)