Klopp: Display vs. Utd ‘won’t be enough’ for title

MANCHESTER, England — Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said he expects more plot twists in the Premier League title race after his side salvaged a 2-2 draw at Manchester United on Sunday.

Klopp’s side entered the weekend with a two-point lead in the title race, and they looked set to maintain that advantage when they dominated the first half against United, albeit wasting multiple chances to put the game out of sight.

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But United fought back with superb goals from Bruno Fernandes and Kobbie Mainoo that meant Liverpool had to rely on a Mohamed Salah penalty to salvage a much-needed point at Old Trafford.

The result leaves two sides at the top of the table, with Arsenal ahead of Liverpool on goal difference.

When asked if he expects twists in the title race, Klopp said: “It is likely …. You have to win a lot of football games. You cannot do what we did today. That will not be enough, definitely not, but we know that. Still, if you work with human beings if you have to just take the things you get.

“I saw the boys wanting. I saw a top team today in a difficult away game. A lot of teams usually come to United and people care a little more, but for us coming here it’s game one, it’s tricky.”

Liverpool have been in closely contested title races on multiple occasions under Klopp, most notably in 2022 when both City and Liverpool went months undefeated before Guardiola’s side won the title by just one point.

When asked how much the look of the Premier League table matters, Klopp said: “It matters after 38 matchdays. It matters a lot after 38 matchdays.

“People will tell us we need to chase goal difference, but that doesn’t happen on purpose. You don’t go into a game and want to score eight goals. We are who we are, we are how we are, and that’s why we are in the race, so I’m absolutely fine with that. I knew it would be super tricky until the end.

“We were top; now it’s Arsenal…. We want to be there after the last matchday.”

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