Liverpool have not had such a successful team in the history of English Premier League glory after 21 games. For Jurgen Klopp, however, this is not yet a reason to celebrate.
Proud? Chance? Joy? No, Jurgen Klopp didn’t feel anything after liverpool’s record for the Premier League. “When someone just told me, I didn’t feel anything,” admitted the team manager. He always thought 61 points from the first 21 games was impossible, “now it happened, but it’s not like that. I don’t know what’s wrong with me,” Klopp said.
The moderate joy of an English club’s highest score at this stage of the season is only a symbol of the team’s irrepressible greed. Complacency is a foreign word for the Reds under Klopp, even after the 1-0 win at Tottenham Hotspur and a temporary 16-point lead, Liverpool do not want to turn a gear down. The first league title since 1990 should not be threatened.
“It’s only when you have the trophy that it’s done. Until then we have to keep fighting,” Klopp told the BBC: “Our competitors are strong. Pep Guardiola will not give up.” Guardiola, the team’s manager, will face Manchester City at Aston Villa on Sunday (5.30pm), but the defending champions are already a big backon with Liverpool.
The record-breaking streak of 20 wins and a draw was “cool,” Klopp admitted, and maybe he would “look back on it in five years.” But the original record has no significance for its current task. “All we’re doing right now is creating a good base for the rest of the season,” the 52-year-old said.
Roberto Firmino decides on the match against Tottenham
Brazil’s Roberto Firminho scored in the 37th minute for the deserved win over Tottenham. The former Hoffenheimer, however, had a bad conscience afterwards. “When I rushed to him and wanted to kiss him, he stopped me and said, “I know I should have scored more goals.” It was absolutely not what I wanted to say to him,” Klopp said.
But for Jose Mourinho, the Tottenham coach, others were responsible for their own defeat. His anger once again hit the referees. The video assistant had probably gone “drinking tea”, but he had not looked at Andrew Robertson’s clear foul on Japhet Tanganga, Mourinho tweeted. The Portuguese also complained of a rethink for Liverpool before the 0-1 draw. On Liverpool, Mourinho said: “They were lucky.”
However, the Portuguese remained silent on the many high-level chances liverpool had recklessly missed. “We deserved to win. It wasn’t our best game,” Klopp said, “but a very good game.”
The Reds want to show a lot more this season. The 100-point mark set by Manchester City two years ago is realistic. And at the latest, then Klopp will also feel irrepressible pride and joy.