Jurgen Klopp took a dig at Merseyside rivals Everton as the Liverpool boss says Marco Silva’s side will treat the upcoming derby like ‘a World Cup final’.
Liverpool are pushing for a first league title since 1990 but Klopp looked to play down talk that any one game, such as ties against Manchester United or Tottenham, are any more important.
When asked if victory over Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday would be one of the season’s most significant results, Klopp reiterated that his side still have lots of obstacles to face.
Jurgen Klopp aimed a dig at Liverpool’s city rivals Everton ahead of the Merseyside derby
The sides meet on March 3 and Klopp says Everton will treat it as a ‘World Cup final’ for them
LIVERPOOL’S NEXT FIVE FIXTURES
February 24: Manchester United (A)
February 27: Watford (H)
March 3: Everton (A)
March 10: Burnley (H)
March 13: Bayern Munich (A) – UEFA Champions League
Premier League ties unless stated
‘What do you mean by significant? More than three points? No,’ the German said.
‘We have to play Tottenham. We have to play Chelsea. We play Everton and Watford in the next week.
‘So Watford at home, they have been unbelievable this year on counter attacks. If they could be 100 per cent consistent, they would be in the top six.
‘Then you have Everton, and we all know for them, it’s a kind of World Cup final. So with all that stuff, how can we celebrate one win?’
Everton are enduring a disappointing campaign but put in one of their better performances of the season so far in the Merseyside derby earlier this season.
Silva’s side were beaten in the final seconds of the game as Belgian striker Divock Origi snatched all three points with a header past Jordan Pickford and Everton will be keen to exact revenge, damaging Liverpool’s title bid in the process.
Klopp says opponents are not important now as his stars aim for a first Premier League title
Manchester City are proving fierce competitors and Liverpool know they cannot afford to drop any further points with Pep Guardiola’s side ready to leapfrog them.
Liverpool have played a game less than their title rivals but have an inferior goal difference and know they face a tough run-in to clinch a first Premier League title.
For Klopp, the ‘opponents are not important right now’ as the Reds continue to grind out results, hoping to put pressure on City.