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Defiant Jurgen Klopp won’t listen to ‘very smart’ critics

JURGEN KLOPP hailed his players after title-chasing Liverpool regained top spot in the Premier League with a crucial victory over Chelsea.

Second-half goals from Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah secured a 2-0 win at Anfield that took the Reds back above Manchester City, who beat Crystal Palace 3-1 earlier on Sunday.Liverpool, in pursuit of a first title since 1990, lead by two points, with the Merseysiders having four games left to play and City five.

Reds boss Klopp said: ‘We controlled and dominated for 80 minutes. What we want to do is collect as many points as possible. That’s 85 points now, so with four games to play that means [we can get] 97. Let’s try that and if that’s enough, perfect. If it’s not we cannot change it. We didn’t lose it here or there.

‘Very smart people say “if you’d won at Leicester you’d be champions” and stuff like this but it’s all b*******. Only weak people and idiots bring something like this up.’ City manager Pep Guardiola insisted his men are still in control of the title race.

‘The Premier League position is in our hands and we want to win all the games,’ he said.

‘In two seasons we’ve got 83 points with five games left. Incredible numbers and it shows how consistent we are.’