The former Reds skipper claims it’s all or nothing for Klopp’s men now
Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard admits his former club will have to beat Chelsea in the Premier League on Tuesday night if their slim title hopes are to remain alive.
The Reds are currently 10 points adrift of Antonio Conte’s high-flying Blues and Gerrard knows that Jurgen Klopp will have to get his stuttering side back to their best and do the rest of the league a favour.
Chelsea are currently eight points clear of Arsenal at the top of the Premier League, nine points clear of rivals Tottenham and double figures in front of the Reds after 22 games.
Conte has done a tremendous job since arriving at Stamford Bridge in the summer and overtook Liverpool at the top of the table after a 13-game winning streak saw them climb to the summit.
Gerrard admitted: “If they lose the match, it’s game over in terms of the title race. That’s why everyone will have a Liverpool shirt come Tuesday night, because Tottenham, Man Utd, Arsenal and Man City will all be looking for that small glimmer of hope. The whole league needs a win for Liverpool.
“I know how big the game is for the club because the gap is already 10 points and they must give themselves a bit of hope by taking all the points.
“Anything else and it’s advantage Chelsea – and it would be a massive advantage. They have only dropped 11 points since the start of the season – and I also think they could improve in the second half of the season.”
A shock 3-2 home defeat to Swansea City last Saturday, followed up by back-to-back cup exits against Southampton in the EFL Cup and Championship side Wolverhampton Wanderers in the FA Cup, has seen Klopp endure his worst run as Liverpool boss.
Some fans have even gone as far to say that the German should be sacked, although, most of which are fully supportive of the charismatic boss who won the Bundesliga twice with Borussia Dortmund during his time managing in Germany.