Jurgen Klopp: Liverpool still have what it takes to be champions

Klopp is keeping calm ahead of the title run-in. (AFP)
Updated 04 March 2019

Jurgen Klopp: Liverpool still have what it takes to be champions

  • Reds boss still confident his side will end their 29-year wait for the top-flight title.
  • Liverpool now a point behind City with nine matches left.

LONDON: Jurgen Klopp has insisted that Liverpool still have what it takes to win the Premier League despite falling behind Manchester City in the race for the trophy. 

The Reds’ 0-0 draw at neighbors Everton on Sunday was their fourth draw  in six matches. Having been as many as seven points ahead of title rivals City in January Klopp and Co. now find themselves a point behind with just nine matches to go. 

Many are accusing Liverpool of bottling a great chance to win their first top-flight title since 1990, but while it may be too much to accuse them of being bottlers — they still have only lost one match all season — the current run of form is certainly worrying and is definitely a blip. 

But that does not worry Klopp who claimed he and his players remain confident they will be the ones lifting the Premier League trophy come May 12. 

“Who wants to be top of the table at the beginning of March?” Klopp said. “It is nice but there are lots of games to play. I’m completely fine with chasing.

“I saw the celebrations of Manchester City (on Saturday) — they had 900 chances and scored one goal, a shot with the wrong foot.

“You have to be ready for these chances.”

It seems strange to question the composure and resilience of a side that has been dominant since the start of the season and has been beaten just once in the league. But they have drawn blanks with increasing regularity, failing to score against not only Everton but also Manchester United and, in the Champions League, Bayern Munich. 

While some are indeed wondering whether the Reds have the fight to take on City down the home straight, Klopp certainly is not one of them. 

“I don’t have to give my players any advice, they know already (what they have to do),” the Liverpool boss said. 

“They’re not little boys any more. Sometimes you have the lead and people say it’s done when there are 20 games to go to the end of the season, and now they have one or two more points than us. It’s the beginning of March, who cares?

“I believe 100 percent in our chances. I know that game-by-game my feeling gets better about the boys because they look ready for it.”


Saudi Arabia, UAE and Bahrain to play in Gulf Cup in Qatar

Updated 13 November 2019

Saudi Arabia, UAE and Bahrain to play in Gulf Cup in Qatar

  • Gulf football unions will meet on Wednesday to discuss redraw date
  • Saudi Arabia have won the tournament three times

RIYADH: The national teams of Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain will participate in the upcoming Gulf Cup to be held in Qatar on Nov. 24 to Dec. 6, according to a report from Elaph.
The online newspaper reported that the Gulf football unions will meet at a meeting of the Arab Gulf Cup Federation on Wednesday to discuss a date for the new draw of fixtures for the tournament.
Originally, only Oman as winners of the 2018 edition, Iraq, Yemen and Kuwait had agreed to play in the tournament.
Saudi Arabia have won the tournament three times, the last time in 2003, while UAE have two titles to their name — in 2007 and 2013.
The Kingdom, the UAE and Bahrain, along with Egypt and Jordan started a diplomatic boycott of Qatar in 2017, who they accuse of supporting and funding terrorist organizations.