Jurgen Klopp: Liverpool motivated by fans not 'Holy Grail' of title win

Liverpool were unbelievable - Klopp

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says his players are not motivated by the "Holy Grail" of the Premier League title but by the club's supporters.

The Anfield club have not won the title since 1990 but went back to the top with a 2-0 win in Cardiff. They are two points clear of Manchester City.

"If you are only motivated to win the Holy Grail, then something is wrong with you," said Klopp.

"We want to win football games because we enjoy the ride with the fans."

Second-half goals from Georginio Wijnaldum and James Milner gave Klopp's side a deserved win in south Wales that took them to their highest Premier League points total of 88.

City can go back top if they beat rivals Manchester United at Old Trafford in their game in hand on Wednesday (20:00 BST kick-off).

Liverpool's best Premier League seasons
PointsSeasonFinal positionTop scorerManager
88*2018-19N/AMohamed Salah (23)*Jurgen Klopp
862008-092ndSteven Gerrard (24)Rafael Benitez
842013-142ndLuis Suarez (31)Brendan Rodgers
822005-063rdSteven Gerrard (23)Rafael Benitez
802001-022ndMichael Owen (29)Gerard Houllier
762007-084thFernando Torres (33)Rafael Benitez
762016-174thPhilippe Coutinho (14)Jurgen Klopp
752017-184thMohamed Salah (44)Jurgen Klopp
* season ongoing

Klopp said: "In the end, we will see how many points we have and then we get what we get.

"We are motivated to play for this club. We have no influence on the other games, it is how it is. Our next game is against Huddersfield, which will be difficult again for different reasons.

"Some people up in Liverpool might ask us if we are thinking about Barcelona in the Champions League semi-finals. We will be completely focused on Huddersfield.

"On Wednesday, there is a game as well [between Manchester United and Manchester City]. When we played Manchester United, they were in a much better moment than they are now and that was 0-0."

Klopp was unhappy - as was counterpart Neil Warnock - that Cardiff had not watered the pitch during the game, but said his side had prepared for that.

"The ball didn't roll like normal. Everybody saw it," he said. "It doesn't make football easy when the pitch is dry.

"Dry pitches are dangerous for players injury-wise. I don't know exactly why the pitch was dry - but we were prepared.

"We trained yesterday for one hour and 10 minutes on a bone-dry pitch just to get used to it."

Race for the Premier League title
DateLiverpool fixturesDateMan City fixtures
24 AprilManchester United (A)
26 AprilHuddersfield (H)28 AprilBurnley (A)
4 MayNewcastle (A)6 MayLeicester (H)
12 MayWolves (H)12 MayBrighton (A)


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