LONDON: Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has piled pressure on Tottenham by warning the title chasers they must win at Anfield on Saturday (Sunday in Manila) to remain in with a chance of catching leaders Leicester.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side trail Leicester by five points and with just seven matches left they cannot afford any slip-ups if they are to win the English crown for the first time since 1961.
Klopp knows Tottenham have a poor record at Anfield, with just four wins in the last 69 league meetings on Merseyside.
And the German, whose ninth placed side are chasing a Europa League berth, believes the weight of history may prove a significant burden for Tottenham, who need a victory to close the gap on Leicester ahead of the leaders’ clash with Southampton on Sunday.
“Usually it is not important for us to think about the situation of the other team, but in this special case I think it makes sense to know about it,” Klopp said.
“This is a pretty good year to become champion because a lot of clubs who fight for this title are usually not involved. There is pressure for teams at the top and we will see who handles it better.
“This is the decisive third for Tottenham and if you want to become champion of the Premier League, for Tottenham especially, this year is a good opportunity.
“No-one knows what will happen to Tottenham next year, if players leave or not. This year they have a good situation with injuries — no important players were really injured.
“Maybe for Tottenham it is like a final. They have to win it to put pressure on Leicester.”
He added: “When Tottenham play against Liverpool, it is usually not a birthday party — it is a hard fight.”
Leicester continues their unlikely quest to win the title with Alex Ferguson among those backing them to be crowned champions.
Claudio Ranieri’s men host Southampton with their first ever top-flight title within touching distance just a year after they narrowly avoided relegation.