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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp sends title race message to Man City after Reds’ Brentford win

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp insists his charges “will go for everything” and are not giving up in the Premier League title race despite Manchester City’s double-digit lead at the summit. The defending champions are 11 points clear but the Reds can move within eight of Pep Guardiola’s side if they win their game in hand, after beating Brentford 3-0 at Anfield on Sunday.

In their first Premier League match since 2017 without both Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah, goals from Fabinho, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Takumi Minamino earned Liverpool the full three points against the Bees.

It was a welcome way to bounce back from a three-game winless streak in the league which has allowed City to climb clear.

Guardiola’s side swept aside Chelsea, who drop to third after Liverpool defeated Brentford, at the Etihad on Saturday thanks to Kevin De Bruyne’s strike.

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That victory sees them put one hand on the title they are looking to defend with City now overwhelming favourites for back-to-back successes.

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Liverpool have a game in hand against Leeds United, a match which was postponed on Boxing Day, which could shorten the gap to City.

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But Reds boss Klopp insists even though their rivals, who have won the league in three of the last four seasons under Guardiola bar 2019-20 when Liverpool themselves were champions, have a comfortable lead in the title race, his players will not concede defeat.

Speaking post-match, Klopp said when asked about challenging City for the title: “We don’t have to convince those outside [the club]. If they want to believe, they will.

“If you are with us, you will enjoy the ride and we will go for everything. We try to do our part, the rest we have nothing to do with it.”

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Klopp added of the victory over Brentford: “For us, the way Brentford plays against us is uncomfortable. If you have to win the game, you have to control it and the ball was in the air for 20 minutes today, header, header, header.

“We had to be full of desire to sort it today. It’s really tricky. I am so happy.

“We scored from a set-piece today which was good as they were really bad against Arsenal [in the 0-0 Carabao Cup semi-final first leg draw on Thursday].

“It took some time to adapt but we controlled the game when we did. Scored some nice goals.”

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The German coach did however admit that the injury that forced goalscorer Oxlade-Chamberlain off shortly after he made it 2-0 put a cloud over Liverpool’s afternoon.

“He was really good, it’s a shadow on the game. We don’t know yet [how bad it is],” he continued.

“Hope it’s nothing serious but we will get more info tomorrow. Too early to say, I have no idea.

“This is the life of a footballer, no-one did anything wrong, it just happened. Let’s wait for it, we don’t know anything about it yet.”

Liverpool are scheduled to return to action for the second leg of their Carabao Cup semi-final at the Emirates against Arsenal on Thursday.

It is currently unclear whether or not the match will go ahead after the Gunners’ north London derby clash against Tottenham on Sunday had to be postponed.

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