‘We know we are able to close the gap and that’s the plan’: Diogo Jota issues a rallying cry to his Liverpool team-mates as they bid to reel in Man City ahead of clash with fellow title chasers Chelsea
- Manchester City are nine points ahead of Liverpool having played a game more
- Pep Guardiola’s side are scorching away and will now take serious catching
- But Diogo Jota is confident Liverpool have the ability to chase them down
- Portuguese must shoulder scoring burden with Sadio Mane and Mo Salah away
Liverpool forward Diogo Jota is confident they can close the nine-point gap between themselves and Premier League leaders Manchester City heading into the new year.
By the time Jurgen Klopp’s side walk out at Stamford Bridge on Sunday to face second-placed Chelsea – a point in front of the Reds having played one match more – they could trail City by 12 points.
But Jota, who has scored seven times in his last nine appearances and will be expected to shoulder the goalscoring burden when Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane head to the African Nations Cup after the weekend, is confident it is not an insurmountable challenge.
Diogo Jota is confident that Liverpool will be able to catch up with Manchester City
‘We know there is that gap but we also know we are able to close that gap and that’s the plan,’ he told Liverpool’s website.
‘But we need to avoid what happened against Leicester (the 1-0 defeat on Tuesday) because if we keep doing the things we did in that game, it’s going to be hard for us.
‘We know it’s Chelsea away. We drew with them at home, we know it’s not going to be easy.
Jota and Co are nine points behind City, who have played one game more than the Reds
Mo Salah and Sadio Mane will be out of action for their club while at the Africa Cup of Nations
‘We both want to close that gap but we know at least one of us is going to be even further back.
‘We need to be at our best – I know if we do that we are able to win the game there.
‘We want to start the year well and the only way is to win the game at Stamford Bridge.’