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‘The gap is insane’ - Klopp lost for words after City triumph

PUBLISHED: 11:44 16 February 2020 | UPDATED: 11:55 16 February 2020

Jurgen Klopp hailed his Liverpool players after grinding out a 1-0 Premier League win at Norwich City Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Jurgen Klopp hailed his Liverpool players after grinding out a 1-0 Premier League win at Norwich City Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Paul Chesterton

Jurgen Klopp is running out of superlatives to praise his Premier League champions-in-waiting after Liverpool’s hard-fought 1-0 win at Norwich City.

Sadio Mane's 78th minute strike moved them within five league wins of a first domestic title in 30 years.

The Reds are also on course to beat a number of records, with Arsenal's 49-match unbeaten league streak now firmly in their sights and two more victories needed to eclipse Manchester City's record 17 league wins in a row.

The only number Klopp is interested in, however, is the 25-point gap to their nearest title rivals.

"The gap is so insane, I don't really understand it," he said. "I am not smart enough. I have not had that before. It is outstanding, so difficult.

"I go back into the changing room and we chat about the things and then I am like 'Oh, but congratulations. We won the game, another three points.

"I could tell in all the players' faces that they weren't nervous, they were enjoying it, and if one team was going to score it was going to be us.

"We protected against the counter-attack well too.

"It's really all about these wonderful football players."

Klopp felt the windy conditions hampered his side in the first half at Carrow Road before Mane's supersub introduction.

"It helps when you have such quality on the bench to bring on," he said. "Sadio could have started, of course, but I wanted to have a free decision for Tuesday actually (Champions League game against Atletico Madrid).

"I don't think too often and too much about these games but when two players are back from injuries, like Sadio and Fabinho, you don't think they can play two games.

"The quality of the other boys is just too big that you have to push somebody through. It was perfect for Sadio to get a few minutes. It looked like he was ready, yes.

"It's easy to talk about the wind and stuff like this, but on the pitch the boys have to deal with it.

"We played, for sure, two or three or four long balls too many. The formation was not prepared for that so we were not there for the second balls and stuff like this. We didn't obviously feel that we can play the balls through the smaller gaps.

"That was the wind but it would be still right. We gave them some information at half-time and they were much improved in the second half."

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