Liverpool’s title celebrations are history, according to Jurgen Klopp, with the focus now very much on the pitch.
Jurgen Klopp has put Liverpool’s Premier League title celebrations on hold for now and says the Reds are ready to get back to business when they take on their nearest challengers Manchester City tonight (City EVS, draw 3/1, Liverpool 13/5 – Match Betting).
Liverpool were crowned Premier League champions for the first time last week when City (EVS – 2020-21 Premier League Outright) lost at Chelsea and they will be given a guard of honour by Pep Guardiola’s team at the Etihad later in recognition of their achievement.
Klopp enjoyed the celebrations last week and was seen partying with his squad, who had gathered together to watch City’s defeat at Stamford Bridge, before the players were given a couple of days off.
Liverpool (11/8 Premier League 2020-21 Outright) have been back in training since Sunday and are now preparing to take on the deposed champions, who will be keen to get one over their previous title rivals.
Even though their main objective this season has been completed, Klopp insists there will be no let-up from his side.
The German said: “What we achieved last year, in this case last week, is something for the history books. The rest is just hard work. We will try to show that (against City). But it’s difficult anyway because City is a super team, absolutely super team, and we have to show that.
“We go there and want to play a football game and either way we want to win the football game. I don’t celebrate things what happened a week before or stuff like that.”
He added: “This game on Thursday night is a very, very important game because it’s the only game we play and City sees it exactly the same way.”
Klopp has won twice at the Etihad since taking charge of the Reds in October 2015 – a 4-1 success just two months into his reign and the 2-1 Champions League quarter-final victory in 2018 – while he’s also suffered two defeats, losing 5-0 in September 2017 and last season’s narrow 2-1 defeat.