No matter what happens in the final three weeks of the Premier League title race, Jurgen Klopp insists he and his Liverpool players will have “no regrets” over what could have been — what should have been.
With his side trailing Manchester City by a single point following Wednesday’s Manchester derby, it’s no longer Liverpool’s title to lose, as it was at the start of March when they still enjoyed a one-point lead. Or, in late December, when they led the defending champions by seven points.
In Klopp’s mind, Liverpool are still well ahead of schedule by challenging for the title this season, given they finished 25 points behind City last season (100 to 75). With three games still to play, Liverpool currently sit on 88 points. For that reason alone, he’ll take nothing but positives from closing the gap so drastically — quotes from the Guardian:
“We don’t only play to be champions. Yes it’s a main target, and this team is pretty close in the moment, but this will be the first time, not the last time. Just because the club is waiting a long time but that doesn’t make it any more likely. That we are close is already rather surprising because last year we were 25 points behind. That’s really good.”
“We don’t have to reset the situation, or summarize the season. If we do it, we will do it. If we don’t do it, there are no regrets as long as we give it our best, and I saw that all season from the boys. Whatever we end up, it is only the first step. We are not finished. We started this year with this team and we will carry on.”
Liverpool finish the season with games against Huddersfield Town at home (Watch live, Friday at 3 p.m. ET, on NBCSN and NBCSports.com), Newcastle United (away) and Wolverhampton Wanderers (home) on the final day. There’s also a small matter of two legs in a Champions League semifinal against Barcelona. City, meanwhile, are out of Europe and finish with Burnley away this weekend (Watch live, Sunday at 9:05 a.m. ET, on NBCSN and NBCSports.com), Leicester City (home) and Brighton & Hove Albion (away).