Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp insists he has not considered the prospect of having to win their final 11 matches to lift the Premier League title.
The goalless draw against Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday lifted his side back above Manchester City into top spot with a one-point lead.
After three draws in their last four league matches, Liverpool cannot afford many more dropped points but Klopp said maintaining a perfect record from now until the end of the season had not come into his thinking yet.
#LFC have a 'pure opportunity' in the @premierleague title race insisted Jürgen Klopp as he previewed Wednesday's meeting with @WatfordFC. https://t.co/j28Na5c8OS— Liverpool FC (@LFC) February 26, 2019
“We don’t have to look that far. It’s so positive, and if you now only judge the moment and see the opportunity, then everything is fine.
“But if you always look one week back, two weeks back, three weeks back, where we drop points or we concede goals, and you talk like ‘we have to win’ instead of ‘we can win’, then that makes life a little bit more uncomfortable.
“For a lot of supporters it would be the first time in their life that they are champions, and for a lot of my players as well. It’s a pure opportunity, a pure opportunity, and you have to use it on the front foot.”
Klopp’s side have struggled to break down sides in recent games, including Bayern Munich in the Champions League where they were held to another goalless draw last week.
They have scored more than once in a match on only one occasion – the 3-0 win over Bournemouth – in the last five fixtures as opponents have become better at shutting out the front three of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino.
Klopp, however, is not concerned.
“The world changes constantly, the football world too. And the new awareness of Liverpool changed a lot of things, but that didn’t hold us back in the season so far,” he added.
“We always had solutions in pretty much all of the games. We fight for results, that’s what we have to do. The boys do that and so I am fine with that.”
The Reds manager is likely to have to come up with another solution at home to Watford on Wednesday as Firmino is unlikely to play after rolling his right ankle on Sunday, although he could return for the weekend’s Merseyside derby at Goodison Park.
“He looks good, we were obviously lucky. It is not as serous as we thought in the first moment, but if Bobby leaves the pitch, it is not a good sign,” he said.
R O B B O 💪— Liverpool FC (@LFC) February 26, 2019
“We play tomorrow and it will be very close for that, but there’s still a chance for the derby.
“Because it’s Bobby, I would say ‘yes (there is a chance for Watford)’, but I don’t know if I would use that chance.
“Writing Bobby off is a big mistake because he recovers very quick.
“If we have to change a few things, we will change. We changed a couple of things during the season, but obviously Bobby was pretty much always involved.
“That’s not the case this time, but we have the options which we will choose for the start, one of them and maybe during the game a second one.
“If there’s anything good in (the situation), it’s that Watford have no clue what we will do, so we will not talk about that.”
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