Liverpool stopped Manchester City from winning the trophy three times in a row after Chelsea defeated the dethroned champions 2-1 at the Stamford Bridge last week. The Reds finally got the trophy after leading the Citizens with 23 points.
Jurgen Klopp not fully satisfied
Ahead of tonight’s game at the Etihad Stadium, Liverpool will be given a guard of honour by City’s players. City coach, Pep Guardiola had confirmed that adding that the Reds were fantastic this season, and they were deserved winners of the top prize.
Klopp, who accepted the gesture, said City, together with the likes of Manchester United and Chelsea, will come back stronger next year to challenge Liverpool’s superiority.
Speaking via a virtual news conference., the German tactician said the club is in the middle of something not at the end of something, adding that it would be an end to end stuff next season.
“When you think you have reached the pinnacle, you are already on the way down, and we don’t feel that. I don’t feel finally satisfied, honestly. It’s just another step, an unbelievably big one, but not the only thing I want to talk to the players about when we meet in 20 years.”
Liverpool’s 23 points gap between them and Man City could be a new record for a winning margin, surpassing the 19-point gap City enjoyed two seasons ago when they amassed a record 100 points.
“There is a gap there, and I don’t think there will ever be a similar gap, although we need to see how big it is at the end of the season. It is obvious City is an outstanding team, [Manchester] United are in outstanding shape and Chelsea are in really good shape and doing some interesting business, so that’s clear.
“Tottenham will not sleep, Arsenal will not sleep, Leicester are there….lots of teams.”
Speaking on the postponement of the African Nations Cup to 2022 due to the coronavirus pandemic, Klopp who would have been without the likes of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, and Naby Keita during what could be a crucial stage said it is not a decision he celebrates, but it is good for the club.