Klopp: Liverpool need passion to deal with title pressure
Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp said his team would need to draw on all their passion to deal with the pressure of the Premier League title run-in after they were held to a goalless draw at Manchester United on Sunday.
Klopp’s side have a one-point advantage over Manchester City, with both teams having played 27 games.
“From my point of view it is a very positive pressure, but I don’t have to play – I only sit here and say dumb things, so that’s easy,” said Klopp.
“We all have to learn in these situations, the only way we can do it is with passion. This club, the heart and soul of this club, is passion,” he said.
Liverpool are back in action against Watford at Anfield on Wednesday before Sunday’s Merseyside derby against Everton at Goodison Park.
“On Wednesday night we have another chance and then there’s the derby, which is always a very emotional game so again (with) passion,” he said.
“We know where we are coming from and we know where we are – now let’s make sure we use the situation as well as possible and then we will see it ends for us.”
The first half at Old Trafford was littered with injuries resulting in four substitutions, including Liverpool losing their Brazilian forward Roberto Firmino to an ankle injury, which Klopp said disrupted his team’s rhythm.
“It was a strange game. We started really well. All the injuries in the game obviously cost us rhythm. It happened to us with ‘Bobby’ and that was a catastrophe,” he added, before noting later that he was not aware how serious Firmino’s injury was.
“United played with a completely new midfield and three up front. We lost our rhythm and couldn’t get it back.
“It was a game without a lot of highlights – it was intense. On days when United are beatable you have to do it and we didn’t do it,” he said.
REUTERS/Reporting by Simon Evans, editing by Pritha Sarkar