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Reds not even thinking about title slip-ups, insists Klopp

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp

By Carl Markham

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has dismissed the 2014 comparisons with tomorrow's visit of Chelsea by insisting the club's last title slip-up has no bearing on the game.

A fortnight short of five years ago, Brendan Rodgers' Premier League leaders lost 2-0 after failing to handle Jose Mourinho's defensive tactics, ending an 11-match winning run and handing the initiative to eventual champions Manchester City.

The Reds were criticised for not coping with the pressure but Klopp insists the current situation bears no resemblance to then.

"I never thought for one second about 2014 until I entered this room. Not one second. Why should I?" said Klopp.

"Last year nobody asked me about (2014) before we played Chelsea at home.

"I'm not sure it's in anybody's mind except yours (the media's).

"If the fans talk about it I can tell them all to ignore it.

"It's nothing to do with us, it's a completely new story. Things happen once in a lifetime, sometimes twice, sometimes never.

"Only the colours and the names of the teams are the same, pretty much. I am completely positive about the game.

"Anybody who wants to talk to any of my players about what happened years ago, don't do it.

"We want to write our own history, and if you do that you can build on the positives of the past, ignore the negatives of the past and learn from the mistakes of the past.

"We have to do it positively, front-foot, the way we did the whole season."

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