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Jurgen Klopp: I don't know if there will ever be a Premier League title race like this again

Liverpool manager says consistency has been the key as his side trail Manchester City by a single point ahead of Sunday's final round of matches

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says consistency has been the key to the club's season as they head into the final round of the Premier League with a chance to win the title. AFP
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says consistency has been the key to the club's season as they head into the final round of the Premier League with a chance to win the title. AFP

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says he doubts whether there will ever be a Premier League title race to rival this one as a 37-match slug fest with Manchester City comes down to Sunday's final matches to determine the champions.

Liverpool trail leaders City by one point heading into the final day of what has been a thrilling campaign in which Klopp's side have lost only one league match all season - to City.

Victory against Wolves at Anfield is the bear minimum for Liverpool who must also hope that 17th-placed Brighton & Hove Albion can do them a huge favour by denying City three points at the Amex Stadium if they are to be crowned champions for the first time since 1990.

Should both teams win Klopp's team will finish on 97 points, the third-highest total in the history of the Premier League beaten only by City's century last season and this season's 98.

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City's 2-1 victory over Liverpool at the Etihad Stadium in January - a match in which Sadio Mane was denied an opening goal - sparked an incredible run for form that has seen the two sides go toe-to-toe in pursuit of the title.

City have won their last 13 league matches with Liverpool notching 10 victories in 12 matches including two draws.

"The difference between City, us and other teams, who are for sure quality-wise not worse, is consistency. That's why we have the points we have," Klopp said.

"If you lose one game so far, it's exceptional, and City didn't draw many obviously.

"But it's about becoming champions, not collecting 500 points. If next year somebody is champion with 65 or 70 points, it's deserved and it will have been a difficult season in another manner.

"This year, we have to win each game to have a chance. I don't know if that will happen a lot more."

Liverpool still also have the Champions League final against Tottenham Hotspur in Madrid on June 1 to look forward to.

However, Klopp insists their focus is only on Anfield on Sunday.

"You get millions of messages and nobody speaks about the weekend. It's all 'Unbelievable!' and 'All the best in the final' but we play Wolves now," said Klopp, referring to the reaction the semi-final 4-0 comeback win over Barcelona produced.

"It doesn't make Tuesday night's achievement any smaller. It was for sure one of the best moments in football history, not only Liverpool. But it has nothing to do with the weekend - except that we should be confident.

"Wolves want to show that they are not passengers, they are a real football team. I respect that, and we have to be ready.

"They are seventh in an unbelievably competitive league, from getting promoted last year.

"Wolves showed the whole year they have ambitions and can enjoy their football.

"They played wonderful football, good defending, sensational counter-attacking, scoring in the right moments, staying calm and composed.

"Nuno is doing an incredible job there, which makes our job pretty difficult.

"And on the other side, Brighton. It's their last home game of the season, and I know this team are full of joyful footballers. They will try everything."

Updated: May 11, 2019 04:54 PM

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