Despite conceding he cannot see Manchester City slipping up, Jurgen Klopp says Liverpool cannot give up hope in the Premier League title race after a 1-1 draw against Tottenham.
After surrendering points at Anfield for the first time since February, Klopp’s side surged ahead of City on goal difference.
The English champions, on the other hand, can now afford to draw one of their next four games and retain their crown.
When Pep Guardiola’s side hosts Newcastle on Sunday, they have a chance to reclaim first place and extend their lead to three points.
“It’s a big point, but we’re all aware of the situation,” Klopp stated.
“We are now top of the standings, and if we and City lose all of our remaining games, it would be fantastic, but we all know that is not going to happen.”
I’d love to sit here and predict that City will lose points, but I can’t see it.”
Tottenham moved within a point of fourth-placed Arsenal after sharing the spoils, but their chances of finishing in the top four now hinge on the Gunners missing points in two of their next four games.
On 56 minutes, Son Heung-min completed a fantastic team play to put Spurs ahead.
Luis Diaz’s deflected shot equalized with 16 minutes remaining, but Liverpool were unable to find a winner.
“It’s not easy to play against a wonderful squad in an amazing atmosphere right now,” Tottenham manager Antonio Conte stated.
“Despite playing every three days, they have an astounding amount of energy. They deserve all they’ve accomplished this season.
“A good result is encouraging, but we must be unhappy because we had chances to win the game.”
The teams are separated by 21 points, but Spurs have a reputation of saving their best for the big game.
Conte’s team has won all four matches against City and Liverpool this season.
As the heavy press from the home side penned Tottenham in, Liverpool did not look tired after reaching the Champions League final in their 57th game of the season against Villarreal in midweek.
The greatest effort came from Virgil van Dijk, who struck the crossbar from a corner.
In the first half, Spurs’ Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg hit the crossbar with a long-range shot.
The trend continued in the second half, with Liverpool camped in Tottenham’s half, but this time Spurs were able to pick them off on the counter-attack.
With time to consider his options, Harry Kane sent in Ryan Sessegnon, who slid the ball across the box for Son to tap in his 20th Premier League goal of the season, bringing him within two goals of Mohamed Salah.
It was the first time Liverpool had trailed in a league match at Anfield since February. Spurs may have extended their lead if Son had managed to control a Sessegnon cross moments later.
Salah tried everything he could to extend his lead in the Golden Boot race and save Liverpool’s title hopes, but was thwarted by a stunning block from Ben Davies.
In midweek, Diaz helped Klopp’s side come back from a 2-0 deficit against Villarreal to triumph 3-2 and reach their third Champions League final in five seasons.
Since joining in January, the Colombian has been a brilliant signing, and he added to his success with a stroke of luck.
Hugo Lloris was caught off guard by Diaz’s drive from outside the box, which took a massive deflection off Rodrigo Bentancur.
However, unless City falters, Liverpool will have to settle for a chance at cup glory, as Tottenham held tight in the closing minutes.
Klopp’s side, who have previously won the League Cup, will face Chelsea in the FA Cup final next weekend before facing Real Madrid in the European Cup final on May 28 in Paris.