Jurgen Klopp rated Liverpool’s possibility of triumphing the Premier League as ‘not likely but possible’ following the under-strength quadruple trailers took the title race to the final day of the season with a 2-1 victory against Southampton on Tuesday.
After Liverpool beat Chelsea on penalties in an anxious FA Cup final just 3 days before, Klopp took a chance with 9 changes at St Mary’s.
Despite effectively fielding a reserve team and chasing to Nathan Redmond’s early strike, Liverpool came back through goals from Takumi Minamino and Joel Matip.
Liverpool is just one point behind leaders Manchester City, with both teams having 1 match to remain.
A title race for the ages will go City’s way if they triumph against Aston Villa at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday.
Klopp urged at the weekend that he does not look forward to City to drop points against Villa.
However, Liverpool would be recognized as champions for the second time in 3 seasons if they trounce Wolves at Anfield and City flunk to win.
“Of course it is unlikely because City play at home against Aston Villa, who play only on Thursday. It is possible, not likely but possible. That is enough,” Klopp stated.
“It is our last home game of the season, the atmosphere will be outstanding, and we will try to use it.”
“Of course it could happen. Football is a tricky game sometimes. The only chance we had tonight was to win. We did our job. We never give up.
Klopp’s men will be anticipated to do their part of the equation facing Wolves, especially now their refreshed crucial players can return to the squad.
Sadio Mane, Luis Diaz, Andrew Robertson, Thiago Alcantara and Trent Alexander-Arnold were among those left out versus Southampton, whilst Mohamed Salah and Virgil van Dijk were put off with injuries suffered at Wembley.
“I never had a group like this. They push each other constantly. In the end, it is absolutely outstanding and tonight is really special,” Klopp stated.
“We would have had much more problems today if we’d played the guys who played 120 minutes on Saturday.”
“If it hadn’t worked out, it would have been 100 per cent my responsibility. Now it worked out and the boys should be really proud of that.”
Liverpool will now head to Paris to face Real Madrid in the Champions League final on 28th of May.