‘Pep should play poker!’ – Klopp doubts Man City will rest key players against Chelsea | Goal.com

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The Reds boss was quick to poke fun at claims their only title rival was set to take their foot off the gas

Jurgen Klopp joked Pep Guardiola should play poker after the Manchester City boss hinted he may rest some key players for Thursday’s trip to Chelsea.

The reigning Premier League champions travel to Stamford Bridge before playing Newcastle United less than 72 hours later in an FA Cup quarter-final at the weekend.

City must win against Frank Lampard’s side to keep the title race alive, mathematically at least, after Liverpool moved closer to being crowned with a resounding 4-0 win over Crystal Palace at Anfield on Wednesday.

Asked about Guardiola’s comments on leaving out some of his leading names against Chelsea, Klopp told Sky Sports: “What? He said that? Pep…he should play poker probably.”

Klopp had exalted Guardiola’s squad before the game against the Eagles and was again effusive in his praise after the victory, admitting his Reds cannot expect to…



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