Klopp: Liverpool motivated by fans not 'Holy Grail' of title win

Author: Kwame Larweh
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says his players are not motivated by the "Holy Grail" of the Premier League title but by the club's supporters.

The Anfield club have not won the title since 1990 but went back to the top with a 2-0 win in Cardiff. They are two points clear of Manchester City.

"If you are only motivated to win the Holy Grail, then something is wrong with you," said Klopp.

"We want to win football games because we enjoy the ride with the fans."

Second-half goals from Georginio Wijnaldum and James Milner gave Klopp's side a deserved win in south Wales that took them to their highest Premier League points total of 88.

City can go back top if they beat rivals Manchester United at Old Trafford in their game in hand on Wednesday (20:00 BST kick-off).

  • Liverpool's best Premier League seasons
    Points Season Final position Top scorer Manager
    * season ongoing
    88* 2018-19 N/A Mohamed Salah (23)* Jurgen Klopp
    86 2008-09 2nd Steven Gerrard (24) Rafael Benitez
    84 2013-14 2nd Luis Suarez (31) Brendan Rodgers
    82 2005-06 3rd Steven Gerrard (23) Rafael Benitez
    80 2001-02 2nd Michael Owen (29) Gerard Houllier
    76 2007-08 4th Fernando Torres (33) Rafael Benitez
    76 2016-17 4th Philippe Coutinho (14) Jurgen Klopp
    75 2017-18 4th Mohamed Salah (44) Jurgen Klopp

Klopp said: "In the end, we will see how many points we have and then we get what we get.

"We are motivated to play for this club. We have no influence on the other games, it is how it is. Our next game is against Huddersfield, which will be difficult again for different reasons.

"Some people up in Liverpool might ask us if we are thinking about Barcelona in the Champions League semi-finals. We will be completely focused on Huddersfield.

"On Wednesday, there is a game as well [between Manchester United and Manchester City]. When we played Manchester United, they were in a much better moment than they are now and that was 0-0."

Klopp was unhappy - as was counterpart Neil Warnock - that Cardiff had not watered the pitch during the game, but said his side had prepared for that.

"The ball didn't roll like normal. Everybody saw it," he said. "It doesn't make football easy when the pitch is dry.

"Dry pitches are dangerous for players injury-wise. I don't know exactly why the pitch was dry - but we were prepared.

"We trained yesterday for one hour and 10 minutes on a bone-dry pitch just to get used to it."

Race for the Premier League title
Date Liverpool fixtures Date Man City fixtures
    24 April Manchester United (A)
26 April Huddersfield (H) 28 April Burnley (A)
4 May Newcastle (A) 6 May Leicester (H)
12 May Wolves (H) 12 May Brighton (A)