Despite defeat, Liverpool still appear to hold edge in title race

Despite defeat, Liverpool still appear to hold edge in title race

Despite defeat, Liverpool still appear to hold edge in title race

While they may still be a work in progress, not quite the finished article, Liverpool are recognisably a Klopp team now and unlikely to react to their first defeat of the season by departing from the script and losing a couple more of their upcoming games.

"A really tough game for both teams", Klopp told a news conference.

Jurgen Klopp's side remain the frontrunners in a bid to end their long wait for domestic supremacy and can take plenty of positives from their performances so far.

The Merseysiders have only three matches remaining against "big six" opposition - two of those are at home, against Chelsea and Spurs, while they go to Old Trafford to face Manchester United on February 24.

The leading three may have the same amount of Premier League games left but it remains to be seen how many matches they have to play in Cup competitions and most importantly in the Champions League.

The wheels came off slight at the Etihad Stadium on Thursday night when the Reds suffered their first defeat of the campaign in the league but they are still in pole position for a famous title win thanks to a remarkable first half of the campaign. In their last seven FA Cup away games, Liverpool have won four, lost three and drawn one.

"Obviously the media has been making this game as big as ever but for us it was just another very important Premier League game". For someone who is not a forward, that is a good return. It was two excellent teams trying to press on the front foot - it was exceptional from start to finish. The season before that, most expected Chelsea to claim the glory. Espirito Santo might still rotate a bit, which could bring in Ruben Neves, who has been out of favour for a while.

"We want to become a top club and you can not deny any game, we can not drop any competition".

Klopp is set to make numerous changes for the trip to Wolves, including giving Alberto Moreno a rare opportunity this season.

"Our kind of A versus B matches are unbelievable high quality and that is because of the boys in behind". Joel Matip and Joe Gomez are recovering but not fast enough to feature anytime soon, which means that VVD and Dejan Lovren will not get a rest on Monday.

"We know it will be a tough match because it's hard to play against this team on this small pitch and they also play rugby on this pitch".

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