Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp gives Man City title verdict with 'biggest joke in the history of football' claim

Jurgen Klopp gave his view on the title race just weeks before his side’s game against Manchester United.
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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has given his view on both Manchester club’s chances of Premier League silverware at the end of the season. The two sides had mixed results in their most recent outings. Champions Manchester City fell to a surprise 1-0 loss against Aston Villa, while Manchester United bounced back from their Newcastle United defeat in perfect fashion with a much-improved performance during their 2-1 victory over Chelsea.

Liverpool themselves also continued to gain momentum in the title race as they secured a hard fought 2-0 victory against Premier League strugglers Sheffield United in a match which marked Chris Wilder’s return to the Bramall Lane dugout.

Reds captain Virgil Van Dijk and summer signing Dominik Szoboszlai were the goalscorers on the evening as Liverpool maintained their pressure on league leaders Arsenal, whilst also building a four point gap on Manchester City in fourth.

Speaking after the game, Klopp was asked by Sky Sports reporters about Arsenal’s narrow 4-3 victory over Luton and Man City’s loss to Aston Villa. Reporters quizzed him on whether this season’s title race had the potential to go down to the wire. Klopp responded: “I’ve no clue. If we win it, I hope not. I have no clue.”

Klopp also named some of the team’s that he felt had the potential to lift the league title and gave his verdict on both Manchester clubs. He added: “If someone was to write City off that would be the biggest joke in the history of football. That makes no sense. Arsenal had a similar experience to what we have had a few days before. 

“Aston Villa too is incredible. (Manchester) United is there. They don’t play maybe exactly the football they may have wanted. But they get points. Chelsea as well I’m not sure if they are coming. So it’s crazy and you have to play all these teams anyway and they are incredibly strong, the league is incredibly strong. You need to be lucky to get through difficult moments with injuries especially so I have no clue.”

Liverpool are preparing for a number of crucial Premier League matches and Saturday’s trip to Crystal Palace is followed a week later by a crunch game at home to Manchester United.

The game marks the first meeting between the two side’s since an embarrassing 7-0 loss for Erik ten Hag’s men and the Dutchman will have a point to prove when he takes his team back to Anfield.

Sandwiched between the Liverpool showdown are home matches for Ten Hag’s side against Bournemouth and Bayern Munich. Meanwhile, City will look to gain their first league victory in five matches when they travel to Kenilworth Road to face Luton Town.