Jürgen Klopp backs Liverpool to close gap on 'even stronger' Manchester City

Liverpool likely XI v West Brom

How Jurgen Klopp is already preparing Liverpool to challenge Man City for the Premier League title next season

The Reds now sit in the third place in the table, four points behind Manchester United and will be hoping to close down the gap with a win against the Baggies.

"Our focus is on playing football and doing everything we can to win games, whether that is in the Premier League or the Champions League".

Their opponents Liverpool are in a rich vein of form and are unbeaten in their last six outings in all competition.

Mohamed Salah has set his sights on breaking Ian Rush's Liverpool record for the most goals scored in a single season.

Firmino is the only one of the power three that Klopp has decided needs a rest ahead of the Champions League semi-final against Roma. I know that the next question will be around line-up and selection for West Brom because Roma is coming afterwards, but we never did it like that. After a "mutual agreement" to part ways with Alan Pardew, West Brom have drawn and won their two matches under Darren Moore.

The Liverpool manager said that the nucleus of young talent at the Etihad Stadium means there is room for improvement from a squad that has dazzled in winning the Premier League title this season.

West Brom, however, are fresh from a morale-boosting victory at Manchester United, and have little to lose now their relegation is all but mathematically confirmed.

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"Having beaten City away we then put in the performance we did against Bournemouth (and that) shows the mentality of the players so we need to continue that, stay together as a group and focus on what is important".

Liverpool starting XI: Karius; Gomez, Van Dijk, Klavan, Moreno; Henderson, Milner, Wijnaldum; Salah, Ings, Mane.

"We respect the intensity of the season so far but at the end we respect West Brom and we respect the Premier League".

Jurgen Klopp is buoyed by the return of two key defenders for Liverpool's trip to West Brom, but his options are restricted by the absence of another.

He has scored as many as 30 goals in the Premier League, assisting nine times. "It's just four goals and four games!"

Salah's achievements have pleased Roma striker Edin Dzeko - although the former Manchester City striker hopes his former teammate draws a blank when they meet in the Champions League.

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