Jurgen Klopp has joked that Pep Guardiola should “play poker” after the Manchester City manager had hinted that he fielded a weakened side against Chelsea on Thursday.
Guardiola has suggested that he would rest a number of key players for the visit to Stamford Bridge, with one eye on their quarter final of the FA Cup to Newcastle United on Sunday.
Nothing less than a victory for the city of Chelsea will see Liverpool confirmed as the champion of the Premier League after the team of Klopp had beaten Crystal Palace 4-0 on Wednesday.
Jurgen Klopp has joked that Pep Guardiola should “play poker” in response to the suggestion of the manager of Manchester City that he fielded a weakened side against Chelsea on Thursday night
Guardiola has suggested that the key players would be rested prior to the quarter-finals of the FA Cup on Sunday
But the German was not fooled by the comments of Guardiola, saying: “What? He said that? Pip… he should probably play poker!
In spite of the advantage of Liverpool 23 points on City at the head of the standings, Klopp has been glowing in his praise of the team of Guardiola and the style of football they play.
“Manchester City – I couldn’t respect them “, he said on Sky Sports.
“The football they play, I like it a lot. We are different, we need to be different. We can’t be like Manchester City.
“We are celebrating probably different things when they occur. There are different ways to play football, and I love them both. “
Klopp was glowing in his praise of the side of the town of Guardiola despite escaping with the title
After you have re-started its Premier League season with a draw 0-0 in the derby of Merseyside with Everton on Sunday evening, Liverpool has rediscovered his best form to sweep Palace.
Trent Alexander-Arnold, Mohamed Salah, Fabinho and Sadio Mane scored to get Liverpool to the brink of a first title in 30 years.
If Chelsea beats City, or the match is draw, Liverpool will be confirmed champion.
But if City wins, Liverpool can seal the title by beating or pulling with his opponents the most close to the Etihad stadium next Thursday.
The Reds have lost 4-0 against Crystal Palace and their expectation of a title is almost complete
“You should not underestimate how much this team wants it,” said Klopp. “This team really wants to. They really want to meet the wishes of the people at home. We all have a common dream, but we have to work. We need to work our way to it.
“We can’t play like the other teams, but we can play very good things. This is what the boys did. When we spoke after the game, we talked about the white sheet.
“Usually, when this occurs, Alisson is heavily involved. On this occasion, this was not the case.
“The game was exceptional. Speaking of football, it was exceptional in many ways. It is so difficult against a defensive 4-5-1 formation, but how it was pushed back!
Klopp has hailed the champions-elect Liverpool and has qualified for the football exceptional
“The free-kick from Trent? Exceptional. The second objective? Beautiful pass from Fabinho, finish sensational by Mb.
“The third goal was then Fabinho… yes! He has already scored against Man City like this, he has shown that he could do it. But then, we scored the fourth goal. What a pass from Mo! Sadio ends the movement, is exceptional. There were so, so many good things about it even when we don’t have marked.
“When the children (substitute Neco Williams and Harvey Elliott) arrived, they were immediately involved and they would have been able to score.
“This game will last in my mind for some time. This is where we want to be. This is what we have to show against all the world. “