Boss: 'Statistics from the past have no relevance in the present'
- According to the Premier League history, Liverpool have already guaranteed themselves the first place in the competition.
- Jurgen Klopp stresses those stats don't matter as we're living in the present, not in the past.
- Neither matters the fact that the Reds have lost two games in a row - it also was in the past, the boss believes.
- The German urges the team to stay focused on the next game - Brighton on Saturday - and that's about it.
Coming into 2019, Liverpool topped the table by seven points. As it stands, no team has ever failed to win the English top-flight title with such a gap coming into the new year before. However, Jurgen Klopp is completely unimpressed with the stats as he told Liverpoolfc.com:
"I think it says that statistics from the past have no relevance in the present. It is always different and that is what we’ve always said. We don’t think about the season before or 20 years ago or whatever. It’s our season and so far it’s really good. Now we have to carry on. It is not important what happened, so far it is only important as a basis.
"I cannot change it and we have to use it – and that’s what we try to do. Two weeks ago everybody was so excited about the distance between [Liverpool and the teams below] and stuff like that. We all are really in the job and it is just one [piece of] information in of 2,000, it’s not more.
Liverpool begin the new year top of the Premier League.— Standard Sport (@standardsport) January 3, 2019
They were seven points clear heading into 2019.
No team, in English top-flight history, has ever failed to win the title with such a lead at that stage of the season. #MCILIV pic.twitter.com/qDk3Es4pHm
"We’ve had now two games we lost and that’s not nice, but it is not a real problem because these games are gone as well. Now we have to prepare, which we already did of course, for Brighton and going there and trying our best again.
"We only talk here [in the press conferences] pretty much about the points, the distance and all that stuff. We never do that during the week because it is just not relevant. We have to only train as well as possible with as many players as possible that are fit, then we have to play the next game. That’s it."