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Jurgen Klopp using heartbreak to fuel Liverpool’s title defence

Jurgen Klopp will use Liverpool’s last dose of Premier League heartbreak to convince his beleaguered champions that they can still retain the title.

Two years ago, the Merseysiders travelled to Manchester City holding a seven-point lead over a Pep Guardiola team looking to land back-to-back titles.

Liverpool were 1.12cms away from taking a first-half lead when John Stones produced a stunning goalline clearance that inspired Guardiola’s men to clinch a 2-1 victory that was to prove decisive when they came back to land overtake a Liverpool team that amassed 97 points.

City go to Anfield on Sunday seven points ahead of Liverpool with a game in hand.

And this time it is the Reds who need the points to keep their hopes alive.

Klopp said: “The situation is completely different – but of course it can all change quickly.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp appears dejected

“There are a lot of things between now and the start of the game that I will speak to the boys about.

“Yes, there are a lot of things to consider and think about.

“But in the end we have to play football. In the end we have to defend against City with everything we have.

“And we have to play football on a very high level because you don’t get easy goals or chances against City.

“So you have to do special things – and that’s what we will try.

“But it is possible. That’s the good thing about football. Even when you have lost the last game everything is possible for the next one.

“And that’s what we will try to use.”

Liverpool’s season has been hampered by injuries to key players – and Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip have either been ruled out for most of the campaign or all of it.

Mo Salad looks down in the dumps

But since winning 7-0 at Crystal Palace in December, they have won just twice in eight Premier League outings.

At Anfield, a stadium that had become a fortress, Liverpool have been beaten in successive home games by Burnley and Brighton and drawn with West Brom and Manchester United.

Klopp feels injuries have taken their toll – but it is the drop in his team’s energy levels that concern him more.

He said: “On Wednesday, (against Brighton) I saw that the boys wanted it – but they just couldn’t do it.

“You either want it or you don’t. We can delete not wanting it. So there must be a reason why we can’t do it.

“After two trips to London to play Spurs and West Ham, I was on the touchline and it looked like we had run out of steam.

“That is not cool – but it happens – but now let’s now go for the next one.

“This is a tricky season for us. We have injuries to really, really good players, but we have to get through this and we have to play better football.”




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