Jurgen Klopp says the title race is “getting exciting” as his Liverpool side look to retake top spot this weekend

The Reds host Bournemouth in increasing need of a return to victory after dropping points in consecutive games against Leicester and West Ham, and seeing Manchester City knock them off the top of the table for the first time in nearly two months.

But Klopp refuted any worries about sitting second ahead of this weekend’s game and said he expected the title race to go to the wire.

He said: “Oh, it’s obvious that it’s getting exciting now. So it was never a doubt that it will happen. So it was always clear. I don’t think that anybody thought that we will be top of the league with 12 points between us and another team and three games to go, or something like, that would be the end of April or something like that.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has called for fans to help the club in their quest to win the Premier League this season
“That was always clear that it will be tight until the end. The good news is still that we are in that but, of course, the only chance to improve our position, even though it’s a good position, is by winning football games and we have another chance on Saturday.

“It’s a very tough game, again, against a really good side but that’s the plan actually.”

Bournemouth have never won at Anfield but this has already been a season defying the odds for Bournemouth, and their 33-point tally is their best Premier League return at this stage of the season.

Just three wins on the road have hampered their hopes for a top-seven finish, after occupying that position for several matches earlier in the campaign, but Eddie Howe is still optimistic of causing an upset at Anfield.

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe has backed his side to continue ‘rewriting history’ as they attempt to claim a first victory at Anfield against Liverpool
“Winning at Anfield is something we would love to do. No team has done it for a long period of time in the Premier League which goes to show how consistent Liverpool have been.

“The Chelsea result was where everything came together, and there have been other games where we have performed really well and just missed out.

“We want to put our last defeat at Cardiff to bed and really perform for our away fans.”
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