Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp insists the ‘slipping book’ can finally be closed after Andrew Robertson’s fall came to nothing on Sunday.
A 2-0 win over Chelsea restored Liverpool’s two-point advantage at the top of the Premier League table after Manchester City, who have a match in hand, had briefly taken back first place with a win at Crystal Palace earlier in the day.
The win came almost five years after Steven Gerrard’s infamous slip in the 2-0 defeat by Chelsea in 2014, which scuppered Liverpool’s hopes of a title under Brendan Rodgers.
But Klopp, who noted how Robertson’s late slip went unpunished, said it’s time to move on.
By the way, we can finally close the slipping book, said Klopp. Robbo slipped and nothing happened, so it’s not a Liverpool thing. Done.
Liverpool now have 85 points, five short of their previous league best of 90 from 40 matches in the 1987/88 campaign in which they were champions.
City won the league with 100 points last season but Klopp is targeting four more wins to push their rivals all the way over the closing few weeks.
The biggest challenge for us is always facing the world outside, [the media] and other people. We play our game, he said.
If City lost and we find out five minutes before the game that’s not a help. You lose your focus then.
We only try to collect as many points as possible. What is it now, 85? Four games to play. 97 [possible]. Let’s try.
And if that’s enough, then perfect. If not, we cannot change it. And we didn’t lose it here or there or whatever.
We see it game by game. We go to Porto now [in the Champions League], which will be a tough one.
We know that they get at least two players back, Pepe and [Hector] Herrera, so they will be an interesting and difficult challenge.
Then we play Cardiff and everybody knows that is a tough place to go.