Klopp only cares for titles

Jurgen Klopp's men have earned 61 points from a possible 63 in 21 games to streak 16 points clear at the top, with a game in hand.

13 January 2020 | Sports

Roberto Firmino's strike ensured Liverpool made a record-breaking start for one of Europe's top five leagues after beating Tottenham 1-0 on Saturday, but ending a 30-year wait to win the title is the only history Jurgen Klopp is interested in.

There is now a 31-point gap between the sides that contested last season's Champions League final as Spurs remain in eighth, nine points adrift of even the top four.

However, the European champions were made to sweat by the side they beat in Madrid last June, as Son Heung-min and Giovani Lo Celso missed the target with the goal gaping in the final 15 minutes.

“The problem is you don't get anything for best starts apart from numbers,” said Klopp. “If people say in 50 years... it was the best start, cool, but the only thing we are interested in is what we can get in the summer.

“That is not done yet because this league is so strong, because we face so many strong opponents.

“The moment when we have enough points that nobody can catch us any more, then we start talking about it. Until then, I couldn't be less interested.”

Lo Celso's miss left Jose Mourinho on his knees in anguish and the honeymoon period for the Tottenham manager is already over after just two wins in their last eight games in all competitions.

The Portuguese's game plan to cede possession to Liverpool before the break backfired, but he still believed his side deserved at least a point for their onslaught in the final quarter.

“Liverpool have worked with this coach for five years. The players are totally adapted physically to the football he wants to play,” said Mourinho.

- NAMPA/AFP

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