Jurgen Klopp replied by stating that Pep Guardiola will rest players for the title decisive of Chelsea


Jurgen Klopp has responded to the suggestion of Pep Guardiola, according to which it could rest players on the potentially decisive Manchester City against Chelsea – by comparing his rival to a poker player. The 4-0 victory for Liverpool over Crystal Palace on Wednesday evening means that the city will relinquish her crown to the Premier League if it does not win at Chelsea on Thursday.

Guardiola had suggested that he might rest players for the clash from Stamford Bridge, the travel on Sunday to Newcastle, offering a path much more realistic silverware for City as they tried to retain the FA Cup.

A 5-0 win over Burnley on Monday, has seen Guardiola make eight changes from the team that had beaten Arsenal 3-0 five days earlier, with Raheem Sterling on the bench and Kevin de Bruyne limited to a role of sub-marine.

But Klopp was not convinced that Guardiola would render service to Liverpool in his team selection to face the fourth place of Frank Lampard.

Jurgen Klopp celebrates with Alisson after a victory that has propelled Liverpool to the brink of his 19th crown in the top flight

“Pep, he probably should play poker,” said Klopp when asked if he thought that Guardiola would rest his best players.

The team of Klopp took the defence of the Premier League title from city this season, but the boss of Liverpool has insisted on the fact that he had the greatest respect for the rivals of the Reds.

“Man City, I couldn’t respect them “, he said. “What football team it is, it is incredible. The football they play, I like it a lot. We are different, we can’t be like Man City. ”

During this time, Klopp has hailed his team’s “outstanding” and “incredible” Liverpool as they prepared for the formality of a first league title in 30 years.

“My boys played as if the stadium was full,” said a Klopp delighted after Liverpool swept across the palace side during a contest at Anfield.

“The mood on the ground was amazing. It was a great, amazing, I liked it a lot.

“You should not underestimate how much this team wants it.

“The attitude and the passion exhibited were exceptional, as a part of the football.

Sadio Mane takes a knee as he celebrates the fourth goal of Liverpool

“They were all great goals, brilliant and wouldn’t I choose the one above the other.

“The pressure was incredible. Towards the end, we had four players pressing a poor player for Palace as if it were the only ball on this planet. ”

Palace has been rejected by the goals of Trent Alexander-Arnold and Mohamed Salah in the first half and strikes from Fabinho and Sadio Mane in the second half.

And Salah, said: “Since I came here, I said that I wanted to win the Premier League. We have not won for a long time. It is now time of the win. ”

Mane and Mo Salah are two points to become champions of the Premier League

If City beats Chelsea on Thursday night, Liverpool can clinch the title by avoiding defeat at the Etihad on Thursday.

“I will watch the match from City, not because we could become champions, but because we play the next week and that Chelsea also has its role to play. I have to watch it “, smiled Klopp.

“We do not expect any celebrations or anything. It will happen when it happens. ”

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Already without goalkeeper first choice Vincente Guaita, the Palace has lost Wilfried Zaha very early and was never a threat at a distance for the champions elect.

The boss of the Palace, Roy Hodgson, said: “The desire and determination of Liverpool are unbelievable. I congratulate them for two seasons unbelievable. ”

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