Jurgen Klopp is in agreement with Andy Robertson that Liverpool are not in the Premier League title race based on current form. The Reds have the c
Jurgen Klopp is in agreement with Andy Robertson that Liverpool are not in the Premier League title race based on current form. The Reds have the chance to close the gap to four points this weekend with a win over Manchester City but Pep Guardiola’s side would still have a game in hand on their rivals.
Liverpool responded well to the shock 1-0 home defeat to Burnley, which ended their 68-game unbeaten streak at Anfield.
They secured back-to-back 3-1 victories on the road at Tottenham and West Ham before suffering another shock 1-0 loss at the hands of Brighton in midweek.
Now Klopp has conceded that it’s hard to consider the Premier League champions as contenders, following recent home defeats.
“After two years about this Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp makes title admission amid four-player boost for Man City question, I might have made some sense,” he said. “I just don’t see it in the moment. We have to win games.
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In Wednesday’s matchday programme, Fabinho conceded that he did not know when he’d be back but the Brazilian is expected to return this weekend.
He said: “I had a slight discomfort in training so we decided that I shouldn’t play against Tottenham or West Ham.
“I started undergoing my recovery straight away and I’m feeling a lot better than I was at the start of last week and hopefully I’ll have the opportunity to come back for these games we have coming up.
“We’re not exactly sure how long I will be out but I’m working hard to be back playing as soon as possible.”
Klopp has also confirmed that defender Ozan Kabak will be ready to face Manchester City, following international clearance.
“Ali is much better, good enough to train individual session. Sadio and Fabinho can train later today, we will see,” he said.
“In an ideal world, you have a few weeks to work on defensive things. Ben [Davies] and Ozan [Kabak] had an analysis meeting yesterday.”
Davies was on the bench in midweek, while Kabak was in the stands to watch his new side in action on an underwhelming night for the Reds.