Wednesday 23 October 2019

Klopp focused on accumulating points, not matching City's style

Klopp: "In the end we need to get the points, there is no competition in technical things, it is about the points." Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images

Jonathan Veal

Jurgen Klopp says his Liverpool side do not have to compete with Manchester City's style as they restored their five-point gap at the top of the Premier League.

Liverpool's 2-1 win over Chelsea came 24 hours after reigning champions City posted a club-record Premier League win when they beat Watford 8-0.

The Merseysiders' win at Stamford Bridge was far from pretty, but Klopp says it is points that matter. Asked what he thought of City's win, the German replied: "If it can happen against anyone, it can happen against City. It happened to us a few years ago when we lost 5-0.

"I said it before, they are the best team in the world. I don't want to put pressure on Pep (Guardiola), they are brilliant in moments - we are not bad as well.

"This type of football not a lot of teams can play. In the end we need to get the points, there is no competition in technical things, it is about the points.

Speaking about yesterday's win, he added: "It was very good in moments, Chelsea had their moments of course because they are so good. We scored two wonderful goals, we had a lot of brilliant pressing situations but we didn't use the ball well enough.

"After half-time we had two big chances and it could have been three or four but we didn't score.

"When Kante scored his great goal it was game on. It's a difficult place to come. It's a big win."

Frank Lampard is still waiting for a first home win in charge of Chelsea and admits he is concerned by their inability to win at Stamford Bridge.

"It's definitely a concern, we want to win at home," he said. "Against Liverpool you know you can lose. I expect the home win to come soon.

"It is hard to accept congratulations after a loss, but the way we played in the second half is towards where we want to be."

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