‘I don’t even know the numbers’: Jurgen Klopp insists he’s not interested in breaking Man City’s 100-point record … but with four wins from the last five games, Liverpool sets a new benchmark
- Liverpool are about to make more history during their dominant season
- They are now 11 points from reaching Manchester City’s 100 points
- The Reds have also won 24 consecutive games at home, but Klopp is not interested
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp insisted that record breaking is not the club’s goal this season after a 2-0 win over Aston Villa took them a step closer to more landmarks.
Sadio Mane’s sixth goal in as many games against Villa and a first Premier League attack by teenage Curtis Jones, who signed a new five-year deal on Saturday, came in the final quarter of a tough win for the new champions due to their relegation-threatened visitors.
It placed them 11 points from Manchester City’s 100-point count for a season, while also delivering their 17th consecutive home league this season and 24th in a row in total.
Jurgen Klopp has no interest in beating Manchester City by 100 points this season
The Reds are just 11 points away from the market defined by their city in the 2017-18 season
For Klopp, however, the focus remains only on winning the next game.
“We didn’t get here and have the numbers we have because we’ve been thinking about breaking records. We were always 100 percent focused on the game and that is not going to change, ” he said.
“Hopefully in the future, when the record ends or the season ends, I can think about it.
“I don’t even know the numbers – I know we have 89 points, but it’s not that important.
The Reds worked past relegation scrapper Aston Villa with a 2-0 win on Sunday
“If we can do something special, it’s great, but we really don’t think too much about it.
“If we want to have almost record points, we have to win all games, it is not complicated. The boys know it and there is no need to report it to this group.
“These guys are really fighting for these three points in a difficult game.”
Liverpool struggled to control the second game in a row since they won their first title in 30 years and Villa has come closer than any other team in the past three years to winning a league game at Anfield.
Klopp, who pointed out that strong winds were a major factor, accepted that they were far from their best, but was happy with how his players reacted, especially when the introduction of Roberto Firmino, Jordan Henderson and Georginio Wijnaldum meant he was his strongest line- for the last 30 minutes.
City’s 100-point 2017-18 was achieved with what some have called one of the best teams
“Not everyone will be happy, I just call it the wind really made the game difficult,” he added.
“We are not the dominant team in this situation, so we had a few problems, but I liked how we stayed in the game and how the boys listened at half time and during the first booze break and I saw the improvement in pitch .
“When the new players came in, it was easier for them against a team that was very busy so far.”
However, the Liverpool manager declined to comment on speculation that linked him to a transfer move for Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago Alcantara.
“Would you be surprised if I don’t answer?” he said.
Thiago Alantara of Bayern Munich poses with ex-Reds midfielder Philippe Coutinho
Thiago would add more Champions League winning experience to the Reds lineup
“Thiago is a very good player, like many other players I like, but that’s all I have to say about it.”
Villa boss Dean Smith pointed out the quality in the last third as being the difference in the game.
“Unfortunately, we didn’t show the quality they showed in the last third for their goals,” he said.
“We matched them for a long time, but we never showed the quality in the last third they showed.
“We had good chances – a four-to-two chance and a possible penalty scream in the first half.
“We need some quality in the last third, but also a bit of luck.”