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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp insists he won’t be calling Steven Gerrard to speak with him about Aston Villa’s clash with Manchester City on Sunday, the day which is able to determine this yr’s champions. But Klopp has vowed to City that even when the Reds miss out on Premier League glory this season by very high quality margins, they’ll “not stop trying” next yr.

The Reds go into the ultimate match of the season one point behind Pep Guardiola’s side and wish to beat Wolves at Anfield and hope that Villa can get a minimum of a draw against reigning champions City on the Etihad.

City, in search of a fourth title in five seasons under Guardiola, are unbeaten against Villa since September 2013 and haven’t dropped a single point against them within the Premier League since November 2015. And Klopp insists if City are victorious again, his Carabao Cup and FA Cup winners – who can also yet win the Champions League every week on Sunday – won’t surrender chasing more titles in future seasons.

However the German won’t be calling up Liverpool legend Gerrard, the club’s iconic former captain, to debate Villa’s match against City this weekend. He said: “Stevie will take it 100 per cent seriously, I’m sure, without me calling him or whatever, I haven’t got. The remainder of the club probably already did it but I didn’t.”

Klopp as a substitute insists he’s solely focused on the visit of Wolves, who clinched a draw at Chelsea earlier this month. He added: “This [City vs Villa] is the sport I’m not concerned about, not fascinated about, in any respect. Of all of the things we talk about it is totally disrespectful to Wolves. They don’t desire to return here and be a part of our celebrations. They arrive here and need to get three points, definitely. Now we have to be ready for this game, not the opposite one.”

In a pointed message to City, Klopp added: “We won’t stop trying [to win the league]. Yes, we’ve got the perfect opponent in world football, which is a little bit of a shame, but they’ve us of their neck, which is just not too cool as well. So let’s have a look at.”

Gerrard famously never lifted the title in his 17 seasons with the Reds and admitted his phone has “been busy” this week, knowing he can effectively win his old club the league. The Villa boss said: “By way of Liverpool, I totally understand and respect the external noise and the questions which were coming my way for a while.

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“They’re involved in a title race, and I spent lots of time there. It’s disappointing when people mention integrity and aim it towards me or any of my players. We’ll give it all the pieces to attempt to get points for Aston Villa and our supporters. If that inevitably helps Liverpool, implausible. But my priority is to attempt to get points for Aston Villa.

“They’re [City are] at the highest of the league for a reason. They’re on the latter stages of the Champions League for a reason. They have world-class players and a top manager, but there’s lots of pressure on them on the weekend.

“We are going to go there as best prepared as we are able to and check out and make it as difficult as we are able to. Why? Because we would like to be in a greater place than 14th. Once I played there was lots of talk in regards to the top 4 and for a period that became a top six. But I believe it has grow to be quite clear City and Liverpool have been the strongest teams for a very long time now and there’s a spot forming.”

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