Sunday 22 September 2019

Liverpool could need 105 points to win the Premier League – Jurgen Klopp

Liverpool are four points clear at the top of the Premier League.

Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah scored the opener in their 2-0 win at Wolves. (Nick Potts/PA)
Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah scored the opener in their 2-0 win at Wolves. (Nick Potts/PA)

By Nick Mashiter, Press Association Sport

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp believes the Reds need a record points total to win the Premier League.

The German saw his side move four points clear at the top after a deserved 2-0 win at Wolves on Friday.

Mohamed Salah and Virgil Van Dijk scored to maintain the leaders’ unbeaten league campaign.

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Virgil Van Dijk scored Liverpool’s second (Nick Potts/PA)

Liverpool will be top on Christmas Day regardless of Manchester City’s result against Crystal Palace on Saturday.

City won the title with a record 100 points last season and Klopp believes Liverpool need to beat it to succeed this term.

He said: “If you want to do the headline ‘Klopp says we need 105 points to win the title’ then do it.

“I don’t know how much any team needs this season but everybody asks me about the situation and says that the last four times the team that was top at Christmas won the league.

“But was it ever such a tight race? If all the other guys win when they play then three or four teams have more than 40 points at Christmas.

“That’s really exceptional.  So far it looks like a real special season. It is up there, to have 48 points mid December is just crazy.”

Liverpool have conceded just seven goals in the league this season with, Alisson Becker keeping 11 clean sheets.

He needed to save from Romain Saiss and Matt Doherty in a first half where Wolves put the visitors under pressure.

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Adama Traore caused Liverpool some problems in the first half (Nick Potts/PA)

Adama Traore twice shot wide before Salah flicked in Fabinho’s low cross after 18 minutes.

Van Dijk made the game safe with 20 minutes left, poking in Salah’s searching ball.

Klopp added: “He (Van Dijk) is in a good moment and very important for us and hopefully it can stay like this.

“The work-rate in general is outstanding with how we defended.

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Jurgen Klopp celebrates with Virgil Van Dijk (Nick Potts/PA)

“I love the boy but the two in front have to run a lot more to make it halfway easier for the centre-halves and they did it again.

“We defended really well and Virgil played a proper part in that.”

Wolves missed the chance to go above Manchester United into sixth as their three-game winning run ended.

They go to Fulham on Boxing Day and boss Nuno Espirito Santo praised his team’s performance.

He said: “It was a tough game. They have a very good pace and caused us many problems but we stayed in the game.

“I’m not so happy with the way we conceded but I’m proud of the work of the boys and we keep going.

“This schedule now is going to be tough for all the team.”

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