Klopp puts on a brave front as Liverpool’s 100 points dream ends at Arsenal
Granted, winning the EPL is an achievement not to be sniffed at – especially when you’ve had to wait 30 years for it – but given the dominance showed by the Reds for most of the season, it does come as a surprise that they will not finish the campaign with more records broken.
Having first failed to emulate Arsenal’s Invincibles – following their shock loss to Watford – the Reds went on to mar their perfect home record with a 1-1 draw with Burnley last Saturday, before their 1-2 loss to Arsenal this morning (SGT) ended their hopes of finishing the season with over 100 points.
This means that Manchester City’s Centurions tag, which they earned by recording 100 points in the EPL in the 2017-2018 season, remains unchallenged.
It also means that Liverpool’s title win will be no different from the ones enjoyed by Blackburn Rovers and Leicester City.
The saddest part of it all is that Liverpool could have easily beaten Arsenal, had they not decided to shoot themselves in the foot, with mistakes from Virgil van Dijk and Alisson Becker – both of whom were evidently already mentally holidaying on the beaches – allowing Alexandre Lacazette and Reiss Nelson to score the equaliser and winner respectively.
Nonetheless, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp insisted that he was not disappointed on missing out on breaking the EPL points record, and instead, turned his ire on his daydreaming players.
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Said Klopp: “I don't know if it (the disappointment) comes. But it's just I want the points we can get and we will see what it is at the end of the season.
“I cannot make any negative of something really positive, becoming champion, having so early in the season 93 points, I'm not the type of person who makes something negative of it because we cannot get the 100 or two points anymore.
“But I'm not happy about the game, I'm the opposite, I'm disappointed, angry about a few things, but the game, the game was good and the attitude is good, but we took a break and that's not good and that's why we lost the game.”