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Jürgen Klopp does not let Liverpool use the FA Cup duel as a “relief” from the title race

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is keen to ensure the relentless focus on the Premier League title race with Manchester City doesn’t detract from the bigger picture of keeping an unprecedented quadruple on track.

Wednesday’s win at Arsenal reduced the gap at the top to just a point, with a trip to the Etihad next month.

And if things resume after the international break, Klopp’s side will have a chance to get back on top for the first time since late September as they take on a struggling Watford at home on Saturday lunchtime.

The intensifying battle between the two North West rivals has drawn some attention away from the FA Cup quarter-final against Nottingham Forest at the City Ground, where Premier League sides Arsenal and Leicester have already been beaten.

“If we just let off the gas a little… not even all the way, just a little – off. Three competitions, ‘See you later’, no chance,” said Klopp.

“If we just go in that direction and think ‘that’s a little relief’ (the FA Cup) then that would be a problem.

“Yes they are a championship team but one in a really good moment. You can see how they’ve settled into a system, big talent in the side too – probably the whole Premier League is after them.

“So it’s a really tough question and the challenge at this moment is knowing the positivity of the situation but pushing it aside.



If we just let off the gas a little… not even all the way, just a little – off. Three Competitions, ‘See You Later’

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp

“Be just as greedy, angry and desperate to win the next game as if we were in the worst position in the table, as if you don’t win that then it’s all over.

“That’s the situation we find ourselves in – always before kick-off being the only team nobody wants to play against and we’re trying to do that again against Nottingham.

“The only way I know of is to focus fully on the next game and that’s Nottingham and we’re already struggling more than I would like because of a position (right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold’s hamstring injury) , Covid here and there and then comes Nottingham.”

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