Jurgen Klopp warns Liverpool 'will not give Man City an INCH' in Premier League title race

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Jurgen Klopp warns Manchester City that his Liverpool side ‘will not give them an INCH’ in the Premier League title race after closing the gap to one point ahead of season-defining showdown… as Pep Guardiola admits: ‘If we lose, we will be out’

  • Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola are going head to head for the league crown 
  • Liverpool cut City’s lead at the top to one point by beating Watford 2-0  
  • Klopp vowed not to give ‘an inch’ to City, who also won 2-0 against Burnley
  • Guardiola challenged his side to thrive under the challenge of Liverpool 
  • He claimed the Reds will not drop points for the rest of the season  

Jurgen Klopp has warned Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City that Liverpool will not ‘give an inch’ in the title race ahead of their huge Premier League showdown next weekend.

Klopp’s team briefly went top of the league for the first time since December after beating Watford in Saturday’s early kick-off, only for City to leapfrog them with victory over Burnley.

Liverpool trailed City by 14 points in January but have closed the gap to one point and Guardiola admitted that his side cannot afford to lose another game to retain the title.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp vowed not to give Pep Guardiola's City 'an inch' in the title race

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp vowed not to give Pep Guardiola’s City ‘an inch’ in the title race

Klopp, who was in triumphant mood after the 2-0 win at Anfield, said of his celebrations: ‘It was nothing to do with being top of the league. I didn’t think about that. But we can’t give an inch. To keep in the title race we have to win our games. The next game is a big one, we can’t hide from that.’

He added: ‘I really appreciate the situation we’re in. I said to the boys on Friday, the first time we are all together, if someone had told us in the summer that we in early April in the situation we are in, in all the competitions, won one trophy and have a full squad available… we all would have taken it. Absolutely.’

Guardiola, who complained that Turf Moor grass was too long after his 2-0 triumph, said: ‘There are eight games left, 24 points. We spoke about that, we have to feel the pressure that every game we play, if we lose we will be out,’ he said. ‘It’s as simple as that.

Klopp was in a jubilant mood after their 2-0 win over Watford that cuts City's lead to one point

Klopp was in a jubilant mood after their 2-0 win over Watford that cuts City’s lead to one point

Liverpool were 14 points adrift of City in January but have gradually clawed their way back

Liverpool were 14 points adrift of City in January but have gradually clawed their way back

‘Hopefully Liverpool will lose against us, but apart from that I don’t think they will drop points. We have to feel this pressure and handle it. We did it in the past. Otherwise we will not be the champions.’

The two title rivals meet at the Etihad next Sunday in what should prove to be a season defining clash. ‘To be honest we don’t speak much about being contenders to be champion this season,’ Guardiola added. ‘We will fight. The opponent is so tough and good but they said, “We will make it a proper battle” and we accept that.’

First-half goals from Kevin De Bruyne and Ilkay Gundogan meant City cruised to victory over, but Guardiola was not happy with the pitch’s condition.

‘It is the longest I have ever played in the Premier League but it is away and the home team can decide the decisions,’ he moaned.

Guardiola has urged his Man City side to rise to the challenge and claimed Liverpool will not drop points for the rest of the season

Guardiola has urged his Man City side to rise to the challenge and claimed Liverpool will not drop points for the rest of the season

The Spaniard was critical of the grass at Turf Moor on Saturday and believes it was too high

The Spaniard was critical of the grass at Turf Moor on Saturday and believes it was too high

‘I can say that because we won, otherwise I would not make the comment because it looks like an excuse from the losing side. The grass was so high and when that happens it is a little bit more difficult for us and our rhythm.

‘But with the way we played it wasn’t that important as the players adapted.’

Burnley manager Sean Dyche, whose side will be at least four points behind 17th-placed Everton when the teams meet on Wednesday, contested Guardiola’s criticism.

‘The standard they set is 30mm and we’re at 28mm,’ he said. ‘It’s about what we do from now. We still have 10 games left and are still in a fight. We have 10 efforts to get ourselves correct and move forward.’

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