Liverpool may be riding high on top of the Premier League but Reds manager Jurgen Klopp reckons it has never been harder to be crowned Champions of the English top-flight.
The 51-year-old coach won the Bundesliga during his time as Borussia Dortmund manager, but he reckons that the big difference in the Premier League is that instead of only having to compete with one other team – Bayern Munich in Germany – there are several sides in England capable of mounting a title challenge.
“Yeah, the Premier League (it is harder) for sure. If you could beat Bayern it was good because usually, they had won all their other games,” Klopp told a press conference ahead of his sides 1-0 victory over Brighton yesterday.
“That will not happen here. Even City couldn’t do that last year. They got 100 points but that was a rare thing to do. You have to be ready for every single game, in the Premier League, there is no easy game.
“But I’m not interested too much in the difficulties of our challenge, I’m really working on the solutions and to ensure we are ready for all these games.
“We could only play Bayern twice in a season, so we were never chasing Bayern, just trying to beat the others as often as possible.
“But where we have more teams like this (as strong as them). If City isn’t the No 1 then there will be others going for it.
“I really think Tottenham will have a brilliant season. They are together still and have a fantastic manager.
“A few other teams have a big chance too. Chelsea look really positive, Arsenal not a good start but that will change.
“So don’t look at the others, it doesn’t help you. You only have a problem with them twice over the course of the year. Just try to beat them in those two games and then beat the others as often as possible.”