Jurgen Klopp has rated Liverpool’s chances of winning the Premier League as “not likely but possible” after the understrength quadruple chasers took the title race to the final day of the season with a 2-1 win over Southampton on Tuesday.
Despite effectively fielding a second-string team and trailing to Nathan Redmond’s early strike, Liverpool hit back through goals from Takumi Minamino and Joel Matip to move just one point behind leaders Manchester City, with both teams having one game left.
A title race for the ages will go City’s way if they win against Aston Villa at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday.
Klopp insisted at the weekend that he does not expect City to drop points against Villa, while Liverpool would be crowned champions for the second time in three seasons if they beat Wolves at Anfield and City fail to win.
The German coach is not getting carried away, though.
“Of course, it is unlikely because City play at home against Aston Villa, who play only on Thursday. It is possible, not likely, but possible. That is enough,” Klopp said.
“It is our last home game of the season, the atmosphere will be outstanding, and we will try to use it.
“Of course, it could happen. Football is a tricky game sometimes. The only chance we had tonight was to win. We did our job. We never give up.”
Klopp’s side will be expected to do their part of the equation against Wolves, especially now their refreshed key players can return to the team.
Sadio Mane, Luis Diaz, Andrew Robertson, Thiago Alcantara and Trent Alexander-Arnold were among those left out against Southampton, while Mohamed Salah and Virgil van Dijk were sidelined with injuries suffered at Wembley.
“I never had a group like this. They push each other constantly. In the end, it is absolutely outstanding and tonight is really special,” Klopp said.
“We would have had much more problems today if we’d played the guys who played 120 minutes on Saturday.
“If it hadn’t worked out, it would have been 100% my responsibility. Now it worked out and the boys should be really proud of that.”
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