Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp told how to rescue Premier League struggles by Pep Guardiola

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Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has urged his Liverpool counterpart Jurgen Klopp to learn from his side’s current run of dire form in order to resurrect their faint Premier League title hopes. The Reds have lost each of their last three top-flight outings and have slipped to sixth in the table as a result, 13 points adrift of leaders City who have also played a game less.

Guardiola’s side ran out emphatic winners when the two clubs met earlier this month, with Liverpool handed a demoralising 4-1 defeat that all but ended Klopp’s hopes of retaining the Premier League title.

The Merseyside club were in the thick of the race until then despite their crippling injury crisis at the back, but it seems that successive domestic triumphs may be a step too far for Klopp given his side’s current situation.

He emotionally claimed that the Reds could no longer make the dream a reality after Saturday’s defeat to high-flying Leicester City.

“We’re not worrying about the title, we’re not silly,” Klopp told reporters at the King Power Stadium.

“We have a tough game on Tuesday and then the derby next week. That’s what we’re thinking about.”

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Aside from Liverpool’s on-pitch troubles, Klopp has also been forced to deal with the recent loss of his mother, Elisabeth, with the German boss unable to return to his home country for the funeral as a result of COVID-19 travel restrictions.

Guardiola, who faced a similar personal predicament last year after the death of his mother, Dolors Sala Carrio, has offered sympathy to his rival and backed him to turn Liverpool’s struggles around.

The decorated Spaniard suggested that Klopp should look into the club’s barren spell to reflect on what is working and what needs improvement, in order to spark a return to potential Premier League glory.

When asked if he could empathise with the Liverpool manager’s situation, Guardiola told reporters: “A lot. What he’s produced in world football is exceptional.

“I said many times, now and previously in Germany, his philosophy makes football attractive for all spectators, he always wants to produce joy to the fans and world football, attacking football, and no doubts about it.

“I speak personally, from my point of view, I don’t say for my colleagues: sometimes it’s good to lose, it’s good to realise how difficult everything is.

“When you come back and try to win some games, you get more credit and more value and you’re more satisfied for what you’ve done.”

Klopp will be looking for a return to winning ways when Liverpool resume their Champions League campaign on Tuesday night against RB Leipzig, with the round of 16 first-leg clash taking place at Budapest’s Puskas Arena due to the ongoing pandemic.

With the manager bearing most of the criticism for his side’s poor form, captain Jordan Henderson has also jumped to his defence, telling the club website ahead of Tuesday’s encounter that he and his team-mates are liable for Liverpool’s failure to impress as of late.

“[We take] full responsibility,” said Henderson. “I know the manager tries to protect us as much as possible in the press but as players we know that it’s down to us to change the situation that we’re in.

“We take full responsibility on results and performances. So it’s down to us to go out there, keep working hard, keep fighting to try to change this tough period that we’ve been going through over the last few weeks [and] hopefully we can do that starting tomorrow.”

Midfielder Naby Keita will miss Tuesday’s game despite having returned to first-team training after recovering from an injury, while Fabinho and James Milner could be subjected to late fitness tests.

Long-term absentees Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip remain sidelined until the end of the season.

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