As Ederson Dubbed Match Against Liverpool City’s Best
Jurgen Klopp is not worried that Liverpool have lost momentum in the last week as he insists the squad do not discuss the situation at the top of the Premier League table.The Reds lead the way after 21 matches, but their advantage over Manchester City was cut to four points last week as they lost at the Etihad Stadium.
A further defeat to Wolves in the FA Cup has hinted at a wobble in Liverpool’s so far outstanding season, yet Klopp is keen to leave those defeats in the past – along with the team’s prior good work and any talk of how the Reds’ position compares to previous campaigns.“Statistics from the past have no relevance in the present. It’s always different – that’s what we’ve said,” Klopp said ahead of the trip to Brighton and Hove Albion. “We don’t think about the season before or 20 years ago.
“Our season so far is really good and now we have to carry on. It’s not important what has happened so far – it’s only a basis. We have to use it. That’s what we try to do. “Two weeks ago, everyone was so excited about the distance between [Liverpool and City] and stuff like that.“Now we’ve had two games which we’ve lost. It’s not nice, but it’s not a real problem. These games are gone as well. We have to prepare for Brighton and go there and try to do our best again.
“We only talk here [with the media] about the distance and the points and stuff. We never do that during the week, because it’s just not relevant. We have to train as well as possible and prepare the next game.”
Meanwhile, Ederson has said that Manchester City treated their crunch clash with Liverpool as “a matter of life or death”.The defending Premier League champions went into last week’s meeting at the Etihad Stadium trailing the leaders by seven points, knowing defeat would leave them facing a tall order to overhaul Jurgen Klopp’s side with less than half of the season remaining.
But goals from Sergio Aguero and Leroy Sane, either side of Roberto Firmino’s equaliser, saw City cut the gap to four points and breathe fresh life into the title race.And goalkeeper Ederson says there was no chance of anyone in sky blue playing down the importance of the meeting.
“For us it was a matter of life or death,” he told Sky Sports.“We knew the circumstances around the game – drawing or losing was not an option. We only contemplated winning, and we did a great game.“It was our best game in the Premier League so far, and hopefully we will continue at the same level as of now.”