Jurgen Klopp rates Arsenal display v Man City and reacts to Pep Guardiola’s title favourites claim | Football

The points were shared after a goalless stalemate between Manchester City and Arsenal (Picture: Getty)

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has applauded Arsenal on their recent performance against Manchester City, praising Mikel Arteta’s side for the ‘tactical discipline’ they displayed in holding the champions to a goalless draw.

Fans of the Premier League have been treated to one of the tightest and most intriguing title races in over a decade this season, but Sunday’s heavyweight clash failed to live up to the pre-match hype.

Clear-cut chances were few and far between and the two teams had to settle for a point, which handed the advantage back to Liverpool with nine games remaining of the campaign.

Arsenal reclaimed top spot with a 2-0 victory over Luton last night, but Klopp’s men will go two points clear at the summit again should they get the better of lowly Sheffield United.

The Merseyside giants recovered from conceding in only the second minute to beat Brighton last time out and are the overwhelming favourites to come out on top Anfield this evening, with the Blades winning just one in 13 in the English top flight.

Speaking to TNT Sports ahead of the game, Klopp gave his thoughts on Arsenal’s stalemate away to City, saying the Gunners ‘put a proper shift in’ to come away from Manchester with a point given the champions’ record on home soil.

Asked whether he watched the 0-0 draw at the Etihad, the German replied: ‘Yeah, we had a lot of people in. We watched it in my boardroom… I saw a little bit of it, didn’t have to watch it back.

Jurgen Klopp hugs Liverpool midfielder Endo

Liverpool will go two points clear at the top with victory over Sheffield United (Picture: Getty)

‘0-0, hard fought. Arsenal put a proper shift in and City were City without scoring, let’s say it like that.

‘Arsenal obviously have real quality and tactical discipline that day. It’s very important if you want to get something in Manchester.

‘I think it was the first game for – how long?! – that they haven’t scored in a home game so that says something about Arsenal’s performance.

‘But I don’t have to watch the game to know that they are both good football teams. I knew that before and we don’t play them anymore so we won’t have to watch it too detailed.’

Champions City sit one point off top spot after their defeat of Aston Villa (Picture: Getty)

Pep Guardiola went on record naming Liverpool as this year’s title favourites in the wake of City’s draw with Arsenal, but Klopp doubts the Spaniard’s comments were supposed to be taken seriously.

Asked whether he believes rival managers when they say Liverpool are the favourites for the title, Klopp replied: ‘No, not at all. Of course not.

‘I can’t see our schedule being any kind of easy. We play tomorrow [this evening], Thursday, Sunday, Thursday, Sunday, Wednesday, Saturday at 12:30. That’s our schedule.

Erling Haaland chases Gabriel Magalhaes

Haaland cut a frustrated figure up front against Arsenal (Picture: Getty)

‘I can’t see where this is easy. If we would play against us, it would be difficult, and we have to get through these kinds of periods. But there’s nothing decided, everybody knows that.

‘And Pep didn’t say, “By the way, now Liverpool are favourites”. Somebody asked him, he said, “Yes”, and sarcasm and irony and stuff like this is obviously not… journalists don’t take too well.

‘I saw his eyes when he said it so it’s all fine. All three want to win it, definitely, and we will see who can do it.’

Klopp is stepping down as Liverpool manager at the end of the season (Picture: Getty)

While the clock is ticking down on Klopp’s time as Liverpool manager, he is refusing to let himself get too emotional given he still has a ‘job to do’ this season.

‘I cherish every minute and always did so I don’t have to change in that department,’ he added.

‘I’m not emotional yet, there are no sentiments or whatever. It’s a job to do, I owe the people so much that I have to be professional and I am.

‘I cannot switch my role all the time and be Jurgen, the private person, or Jurgen, the Liverpool lover. I’m the manager of this football club with all I have.

‘There are moments before the game but those moments were always emotional. You’ll Never Walk Alone is special to me.’

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