Jurgen Klopp believes Liverpool need about 105 points haul to claim the Premier League silverware after the Reds emerged Christmas champions win Friday night win over Wolves at Molineux. According to UK Daily Mail report, the German tactician insists Liverpool will require a record points total to become champions at the end of the season, considering the excellent display from clubs like Man City, Chelsea and Tottenham so far. Interestingly, two strikes from the pair of Mohamed Salah and Virgil Van Dijk the Reds needed claim maximum points and move to 48 points at the summit of the EPL log, becoming the third team to reach such height at this time of the season.
“It’s crazy!” said Klopp. “But there are other teams. City, Chelsea, Tottenham, Arsenal. They will all win as well, I think. So they all have 40 something and that is the season. “From the front five, nobody is really dropping points. At the end of the season, you are probably going to need 105 to be champion. It could be. So far, it looks like a real special season – honestly. Exceptional. It wasn’t ever such a tight race.“We know we are good. We know we are in a good moment. But we have to respect that the others are good as well. So we are not going to start planning the party for the summer now. It is always like this.’
Surprisingly, eight of the last nine clubs that were crowned Christmas champions, ended up claiming the title at the end of the season, with the Reds the only exception during the 2013-14 campaign. Klopp will be hoping for more better days ahead as Dutch star Van Dijk continues to show class in the Reds set up after another decent performance.
“I think the biggest difference [to 13/14] is the clean sheets,” he said. “Back then we were conceding too many goals. We need to continue on that. “I just feel we are defending really well as a team. Virgil and Alisson have made a big difference but the whole team have been important.”We were quick in mind around two set pieces. We thought before the game that could be decisive, we analysed and saw we would not have six, seven, eight chances. It was a good game, a deserved win,” Klopp submitted.
Jurgen Klopp’s men have now stretched their unbeaten run this season to 18 games as they are currently topping the Premier League table with 48 points. Egypt international Mohamed Salah scored the first goal for Liverpool in the 18th minute and it was Fabinho who provided the superb assist for the former Chelsea star. Virgil Van Dijk scored the second goal for Liverpool in the 68th minute, and it was Mohamed Salah that gave him the assist as Liverpool won the match 2-0.