Pundits have already handed the Premier League title to Liverpool. Their own fans are singing: “Now they’re going to believe us!”. And the Reds’ latest win, 2-1 at Wolverhampton Wanderers on Thursday, put them a massive 16 points clear.
But manager Juergen Klopp is having none of it.
“I don’t think about it (winning the title). I just think about winning the next matches ... let’s carry on,” he said after Liverpool’s 22nd victory in 23 league games this season.
“It’s over when it’s over, not before,” added Klopp, saying he had forgotten during the week how many points Liverpool were on and was now purely focused in their next games at Shrewsbury Town in the FA Cup and West Ham United in the Premier League.
Klopp praised Wolves’ fight and spoke of the need for his charges to keep improving, despite their lofty status.
“Wolves are doing so unbelievably well, so different to everything else you face. How (manager) Nuno (Espirito Santo)sets it up, it’s really good,” he said in admiration of a team who have been taking big scalps at their Molineux fortress.
Klopp was frustrated at Liverpool’s fluffed chances, as Mohamed Salah had a rare off day with his finishing.
“The chances we had were incredible. We were at least four or five times in a one-on-one with the goalkeeper, so if we score then it is game over,” he said of missed opportunities.