The 1-1 draw with Tottenham, their first time they hadn’t won the league at Anfield since October, left them in dire straits Manchester City losing three points before the end of the season to have a chance of overthrowing Pep Guardiola’s reign premier league champions.
But that still requires Liverpool to finish the campaign perfectly, a situation they have been living in since their current unbeaten run began at the start of the year.
Since only their second league defeat of the season against Leicester in late December, Klopp’s side have won all but three of their games.
There was a feeling of deflation around Anfield after they failed to produce a winner in the final 16 minutes, once Luis Diaz’s deflected shot canceled out the 20th league goal of the season. Son Heung-min.
But Klopp said they had to rely on City skidding before they even started against Spurs and so the situation hadn’t changed significantly and it was important that they bounced back to Aston Villa on Tuesday.
“If we had won it wouldn’t have increased the likelihood of winning against Aston Villa, not at all, so maybe it would have happened. That’s how it is,” the Liverpool manager said.
“Imagine City losing at some point – I can’t see it or imagine it – and because we don’t believe in it anymore, we can’t use it anymore. That would be really crazy.
“The boys are absolutely in the mood they should be in now – very disappointed. It’s very good.
“But you get over things and it’s not a general problem. If, the moment we get the first little stone thrown our way, we stop doing it – I wouldn’t like that too much, to be honest.
“It’s just that we have to be resilient – we will.”
Even if the chances of an unprecedented quadruple – the Carabao Cup winners have an FA Cup final next weekend and a Champions League final at the end of the month to look forward to – have dwindled with Spurs’ result, defender Virgil Van Dijk insists shouldn’t take away from their achievements so far.
“We are disappointed to have dropped points here, but so far we are having a pretty good season,” the Dutch captain told BT Sport.
“We’re all human beings and there’s a reason we feel that way when we drop points, especially with the back-to-back wins we’ve had lately.
“But it is what it is and now we have to recover and focus on Villa.”
To concede title race after Spurs draw would be ‘really crazy’ – Jurgen Klopp
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