Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has praised Manchester City and Man United for going top above Liverpool this season, but has promised his side “liverkloppwill challenge them again next year.”
The Reds will travel to Old Trafford as they tackle rivals Man United in the Premier League on Sunday.
Liverpool could hand City their title this weekend if they secure all three points from United at Old Trafford, in a bittersweet situation for the reigning champions.
A win for the reds will booster their hope of a top-four finish and a place in next season Champions League.
But Klopp has insisted it would be “really weak” to take the Manchester sides’ form to heart, despite finishing above Liverpool in the league and contesting European semi-finals.
“We are responsible for the things that happened to us,” he told reporters.
“We were for the last few years constantly in semi-finals, finals, fighting for the league title. I don’t know if other teams then felt bad because of us.
“I wish for them not, and I don’t do that. I’m not a person like this. They deserve the situation they are in, that’s football, that’s fair.
“They won an awful lot of games, United turned the game around last night, did that already like 20 times this year, and that’s it.
“We will challenge them again next year, but this year we can only play our season and finish our season as good as somehow possible.
“We have nothing to do, obviously, with semi-finals and finals, we know that, but I don’t feel bad because of that.
“I’ve had my bad moments during the season for other reasons, but not because other teams are winning more games than us.
“That’s not my problem, I have only a problem with the opponent of the weekend, the specific weekend, and not looking at the table and going ‘oh my god, City and United back on track’.
“Life is too short for these kinds of worries or thoughts.”