The Reds needed to beat Everton in the 233rd Merseyside derby at Goodison Park to leapfrog Manchester City after the latter’s win at Bournemouth 24 hours earlier, but instead a goalless draw saw them remain one point adrift in second place.
Liverpool had been in charge of the title race since their 4-0 win at Bournemouth in early December was followed by City losing at Chelsea.
But, despite the Reds losing control of their own destiny on Sunday, Klopp insisted he has never felt more confident that they are ready to go on and lift the trophy.
“I don’t think I have to give my players advice because they know it already,” he added.
“We are not little boys anymore, it’s not that we were completely surprised that we can play good football, that we are in the very, very top part of the table.
“But if you are there, you have to be ready for all the different things that happen. Sometimes we have a lead and everybody says, ‘That’s done’ 20 games before the end of the season – staying calm in these situations was very easy.
“Then, we have a one-point or two-point [lead] and everybody says, ‘That’s [it] now’. It’s not important.
“Beginning of March, who cares? The good thing is we are in that battle, that’s really good news. My feeling is more and more we are really prepared for it, to be honest.
“Today, a difficult game for us. Everybody has to come here and it’s probably always difficult but obviously [for] us it’s extremely difficult.
“We get a point, if somebody should have won the game I think it was only one team. In a wild game, we had chances, big chances, we didn’t use them.”
The German expanded on that answer by hailing his players’ response to difficult circumstances at Goodison Park, citing their opponents’ extra motivation and poor weather as two things standing in their way.
Asked if he envisages further twists and turns, Klopp replied: “Hopefully at least one.
“We have so many difficult games, we play Burnley at home next week. How can I sit here and think about the result that we have, it’s just disrespectful and I’m not disrespectful.
“The only way that you can win something is to stay calm but lively, critical but confident, and in the end believe in your chance.
“I believe 100 per cent in our chance, I know that. How I said, game by game by game my feeling gets better about the boys because they look really ready for it.
“Today, of course, we didn’t score, that can happen. A difficult game, opponent, and the weather circumstances didn’t help for football in general, it was just a fight.
“We were ready for that today and now we have a point more than before – all good.”
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