Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp maintains the Premier League title has not been decided after watching Manchester City take an “expected” big step towards it.
Victory over Manchester United at Old Trafford means Pep Guardiola’s side overcame what was widely seen as their last major hurdle, having moved one point clear of Liverpool with three matches remaining.
There was no knee-jerk reaction from Klopp, though, as he watched the Manchester derby at home with his wife and a friend.
“I was not nervous,” he told Sky Sports News. “It happened exactly as I expected.
“United played very good first half but in this moment they can’t stand City for 90 minutes.
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“If nothing really strange happens City would win the game so I was not surprised, not nervous. I assessed myself how it feels – completely calm.”
He added: “For me all is good and the decision is not made yet. It’s not that last night was the final game of the season. It was just another game of City, they deserved to win.”
The Run In – Remaining fixtures Date Liverpool fixtures Date Man City fixtures April 26 Huddersfield (h) – SSPL April 28 Burnley (a) – SSPL May 4 Newcastle (a) – SSPL May 6 Leicester (h) – SSPL May 12 Wolves (h) May 12 Brighton (a)
Should Liverpool beat Huddersfield, live on Friday Night Football, it will see the lead at the top of the table change hands for a record 29th time ahead of City’s trip to Burnley.
Klopp says concentration levels are “unbelievably high” at City and Liverpool, with neither side having dropped a point since the start of March.
Guardiola has said both teams deserve to be champions this season, while Klopp reiterated it is not all about chasing the “holy grail”.
“If we win our games the decision will be made on the last matchday,” said Klopp. “It’s about nerves, but we will see. Until then we have to win football games.