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PL title race not over yet, boastful Klopp dares Guardiola

By Oviri Kelvin

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has said he has not given up on the Premier League title race despite the slip-up over the weekend in Anfield against Tottenham Hotspur.

The Reds, aiming to win a quadruple this season, have posed a stiff competition for the title, contending with Manchester City, the league leaders.

However, with a clear distinction to set aside Chelsea from the race, Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola and Klopp are at daggers drawn to finish the season ahead of each other.

Consequent to the one-all draw by Liverpool on Saturday, Manchester City dismantled Newcastle United at Etihad Stadium in a resounding 5-0 victory to extend the one-point difference to a somewhat comfortable
three points.

“It’s clear it is not over because we both have three games to play andmy concern is how can we win our games,” Klopp said in a pre-match conference ahead of a visit to Aston Villa.

“We can take it exactly like it was, we drew, they won. It makes it three points and the goal difference changed as well. Or you can see it like we were six points behind and they lost and we won,” Klopp said in a bid to boost the morale of the Reds.

Meanwhile, Pep Guardiola has claimed that the whole country is supporting Liverpool to win the Premier League trophy after Manchester City hammered Newcastle United on Sunday.

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The City gaffer in his statement to BeIN Sports, said, “Everyone in this country supports Liverpool, the media and everyone.

“Of course because Liverpool has an incredible history in European competition. Not in the Premier League, because they have won one in 30 years, but it is not a problem at all.”

However, Klopp shrugged off Guardiola’s claims saying he understands the latter is under pressure after losing out on the UEFA Champions League.

He added that he also faced the same circumstance against Tottenham on Saturday that made him criticize Antonio Conte’s tactics at Anfield.

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