‘Records don’t feel special’ – Klopp focused on trophies as Liverpool beat Spurs
Sports World News of Sunday, 12 January 2020
Source: this medium.com
Liverpool setting records in the best-ever start to a season by a club in Europe’s top-five leagues “doesn’t feel special somehow”, says Reds boss Jurgen Klopp.
Roberto Firmino’s first-half goal ensured the European champions opened up a 16-point lead over Leicester City at the top of the table with a game in hand.
But while Liverpool’s peerless start of 20 wins from 21 games has put them on course for a first top-flight title for 30 years, Klopp played down its significance.
“We know about it and it is special but I can’t feel it,” said the German boss.
“When someone gives you a trophy it is done but until then you need to fight. It is only the start. We need to continue because our contenders are so strong.
“Pep (Guardiola, Manchester City boss will not give up. I will do the same. So far, so really good.”
Klopp’s men have now amassed 104 points across their last 38 Premier League matches, scoring in all 21 of their matches this term.
That record was maintained in London by Brazil forward Firmino, who turned Spurs’ young debutant Japhet Tanganga and beat Paulo Gazzaniga with a sweet left-foot strike to give the visitors a deserved lead.
However Liverpool were then grateful for poor finishing from Jose Mourinho’s side – who were without the injured Harry Kane – in order to record another victory on their seemingly relentless march to a first title in three decades.
Son Heung-Min and substitute Giovani lo Celso missed excellent second-half chances to give Spurs some reward for a performance that improved as the game went on.
But Liverpool, their position at the top strengthened further by Leicester City’s shock home loss to Southampton, held on to increase the sense of formality about the destination of this season’s Premier League trophy.