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Jurgen Klopp will have 'no regrets' if Liverpool fall short of Premier League title

A victory over Huddersfield Town on Friday will take the club back above Manchester City, at least temporarily

Jurgen Klopp is aiming to take the Premier League title race down to the last match of the season. EPA
Jurgen Klopp is aiming to take the Premier League title race down to the last match of the season. EPA

Jurgen Klopp said on Thursday Liverpool will have "no regrets" even if the club falls short of a first league title since 1990.

Liverpool trail league leaders Manchester City by one point - after City won their game in hand against Manchester United on Wednesday - with three games to go and, with neither side facing a top six club in the run-in, Klopp hopes to take the title race right down to the wire.

"There's three games left, we want to win them," Klopp told reporters ahead of Huddersfield Town's visit on Friday. "Huddersfield, Newcastle, Wolves. That's the situation.

"If we win it, we win it. If we don't there are no regrets as long as we give our best. If we win our next two games then the title will be decided on the final match day and that would be pretty special."

Liverpool are looking to win their first league title in 29 years, but Klopp has said his focus is on how this season will be a stepping stone for the Anfield side, and regardless of the title outcome, they will continue to build for the future.

"The club and the people are waiting for a long time for it," Klopp added. "It's rather surprising because last season we were 25 points behind (Manchester City at the end of the season). We have to carry on but only one team will be champion.

"However the season ends up, it is only the first step. We're not finished, not the finished article. We will carry on and we will see.

"We don't only play for being champion at the end of the season. Yes, it's a big target and we are pretty close and have a chance, but it's the first time, not the last time."

With the first leg of their Uefa Champions League semi-final to be played at Barcelona next week, Klopp said he would not tinker with the line-up when they face Huddersfield.

"This will be the last game I overthink anything," Klopp said. "I will not push that preparation with a fresh line-up. We have enough time to recover for the next game. Barcelona has nothing to do with Friday night."

Five Liverpool players were named in the Professional Footballers' Association's (PFA) Team of the Year announced earlier on Thursday - goalkeeper Alisson Becker, defenders Virgil van Dijk, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andrew Robertson, and winger Sadio Mane - and Klopp said more of his players deserved to be named in the team dominated by City.

"From my point of view, there could have been four, five, six, maybe seven more players involved," the German manager said. "For me, my team is team of the season anyway."

Updated: April 25, 2019 07:16 PM

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