Jurgen Klopp expects rivals to “go big” in transfer market to catch Liverpool

Jurgen Klopp has rejected any claim the gap at the top of the Premier League is too big to close, with Man United, Tottenham and Chelsea to “go big” this summer.

Liverpool head into the final day of this domestic season with a point separating them and title rivals Man City, but with 18 between them and third-placed Chelsea.

Tottenham are 21 points behind the Reds, with Arsenal even further off with a 23-point gap and sixth-placed Man United experiencing a gulf of 31 points between them and their historic rivals.

It speaks to the remarkable quality and consistency of both Liverpool and Man City, but also the failure of those in the chasing pack, who have all struggled at various times not only this season, but for years now.

But asked in his pre-Wolves press conference whether he could see any other side challenging next season, Klopp said he expects the gap to close.

“We play Chelsea and I see that,” he explained. “The [FA Cup] final, where was the advantage?

“I was over the moon about our first half-hour against Chelsea. It was the best half-hour we played against them because they’re so incredibly difficult.

“So we all learn and we will see how the squads will look next year and all these kind of things.

AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS - Wednesday, October 21, 2020: Ajax's head coach Erik Ten Hag during the opening UEFA Champions League Group D match between AFC Ajax and Liverpool FC at the Johan Cruijff ArenA. (Pic by Gerrit van Keulen/Orange Pictures via Propaganda)

“But you do know Erik ten Hag is arriving at United, and they don’t wait now five years or whatever. They will go big.

“You have Tottenham. Obviously, Antonio Conte is very, very ambitious.

“They already have a good team. To play two competitions they maybe need a few more players – they will bring them in then that’s it.

“It’s not about that. Nobody has to worry that the gap will stay forever.

“It was the hardest work to get here, so if we put the foot a little bit off the gas the 16 points it is at the moment is immediately three points, and three points are nothing.

“It’s all about us, to make sure that we can be as good as possible, and about the rest, we don’t have a real influence on that.

“Again, we have a talented group and we will have a talented group next year.

“We have to make a proper machine of it again. Then we go and then we will see.”

VILLARREAL, SPAIN - Tuesday, May 3, 2022: Liverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp celebrates as his side reach the Final beating Villarreal during the UEFA Champions League Semi-Final 2nd Leg game between Villarreal CF and Liverpool FC at the Estadio de la Cerámica. Liverpool won 3-2 (5-2 on aggregate).(Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Liverpool are set for their 38th game of the Premier League campaign – and their 62nd in all competitions – and they must beat Wolves to stand any chance of lifting the title.

They will then still need Man City to slip up at home to Aston Villa, which makes for another dramatic final day for Klopp’s side and the supporters.

That has often been the case throughout Klopp’s career, but he believes this is “the most exciting time” he has ever experienced as Liverpool chase two more trophies in the next seven days.

“I was lucky enough to have a few exciting times,” he said.

“If you ask my missus, she will say ‘why are you always [in it] until the last matchday?’, because that happens incredibly often!

“But yes, it’s the most exciting, definitely.

LONDON, ENGLAND - Saturday, April 16, 2022: Liverpool's Luis Díaz (R) and Thiago Alcantara before the the FA Cup Semi-Final game between Manchester City FC and Liverpool FC at Wembley Stadium. Liverpool won 3-2. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

“Because being where we are and seeing how good the boys are and seeing the steps we make, and then two games to go – it’s only one now [in the league], I know – it’s unbelievable.

“It feels like five minutes ago it was seven games. That’s how it is, just like this and bam, now two finals. Really, two finals.

“We’ve played ‘finals’ for ages, but now really two finals. It’s massive. It’s absolutely massive.

“And yes, it is the most exciting time of my career.”