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Title challenge too far for Liverpool - Klopp

Sun 23 January 2022 | 18:09

The German coach believes that her team is not currently competing for the Premier League title.

Liverpool

boss Jurgen Klopp has claimed that his side's distance from

Manchester City

has become too far after their 3-1 win over

Crystal Palace

.

Liverpool beat Palace at Selhurst Park today with goals from Virgil van Dijk and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, and Odsonne Edouard's single goal failed to endanger the Reds' three points. Although Fabinho missed a penalty in the final minutes, Jürgen Klopp's team owed the victory to Allison's good performance between the posts. Liverpool are nine points adrift of leaders City and have played one game less than their opponents, but the club have claimed that their distance from the leaders is still too far.

Asked about their title challenge, the German coach said:

"No. The distance is too far to talk about it, but we don't have to.

We just need to win football matches.  "Each Premier League game is difficult, like we saw today. We made it more exciting than necessary! We will see what happens in the final few months."

Mohamed Salah, Naby Keita and Sadio Mane have been absent from Liverpool's recent games due to their participation in the Africa Cup of Nations and will not be in the squad until the end of the competition. However, the club is satisfied with the performance of its team during this period. He added: 

"Massive. It is obviously January which is a tricky period for us historically - well at least during my time. You play without three players in Africa and a few others, so we had a small group to get through this, but the boys did incredible.

"It showed how insanely good we can be and how bad as well! For 35 minutes we were outstanding.

"We looked really sharp and ready to play in small spaces, then two or three sloppy passes and the stadium is back, Palace is back, and we did not start well in the second half. We had our moments, but we did not control it anymore.

"If you lose a little bit of focus it showed how tired we could be as Palace played a really good game. We opened the door for them and they ran through."

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