- Title: Klopp plays down Liverpool's title lead
- Date: 27th December 2019
- Summary: LEICESTER, ENGLAND, UK (DECEMBER 26, 2019) (REUTERS) (SOUNDBITE) (English) LIVERPOOL MANAGER JUERGEN KLOPP, ASKED ABOUT HIS SIDE'S 13 POINT LEAD IN THE PREMIER LEAGUE, SAYING: "We actually don't feel it, we don't think about it, we didn't mention it once before the game because it's just not interesting. I can read the stories by myself, the first story is that never before in the history of football, British football, has a team had a bigger lead and lost the lead. So that sounds in my ear like a negative, so why should we think about something like that (indistinct)... we play Wolves, Sheffield United, Everton, Tottenham, United, Manchester United, the next five games. It doesn't sound like anything is decided in my guess, to be honest, we have to play all of them."
- Embargoed: 10th January 2020 11:24
- Keywords: Liverpool. Juergen Klopp
- Location: LEICESTER, ENGLAND, UK
- City: LEICESTER, ENGLAND, UK
- Country: United Kingdom
- Topics: Soccer,Sport
- Reuters ID: LVA002BBR49J3
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Rampant Liverpool moved 13 points clear at the top of the Premier League after Roberto Firmino struck twice in an emphatic 4-0 win at second-placed Leicester City on Thursday (December 26).
With Liverpool in total control throughout, it was a performance that suggested the title race is all but over at the half-way stage.
But afterwards manager Juergen Klopp sought to play down suggestions the title was already theirs.
The victory was inspired in large part by attacking right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold who created three goals and scored one himself.
Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp has been vocal in his criticism of his team's intense schedule but the European champions showed no signs of any adverse influence from their trip to Qatar, where they won the Club World Cup.
A trip to Leicester, who went into the game unbeaten at home this season, was the toughest test of the season, but Klopp's men passed the test with barely a hint of drama and it will now take an extraordinary slump for them to fail to win their first title of the Premier League era.
Liverpool have 52 points from 18 games; Leicester are on 39 points from 19 matches and Manchester City are 14 points behind the leaders before their game at Wolves on Sunday.
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