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Klopp plays down Liverpool’s eight point lead ahead of ‘intense period’

Jurgen Klopp has played down Liverpool’s eight-point lead at the top of the Premier League ahead of what he has described as an ‘intense period’ for the club.

The league leaders extended their lead at the top of the division to eight points this weekend after beating title rivals Manchester City at Anfield, goals from Fabinho, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane sealing an impressive 3-1 win over the defending champions.

Victory leaves Liverpool significantly clear of second-placed Leicester ahead of the festive fixture schedule, however, Klopp has played down their advantage ahead of a congested run of fixtures that will see the Reds play 12 times before the new year.

“I have no idea if I’ve ever had a nine-point lead, it has never been nine points over City, especially after a game against them so it is completely new,” Klopp told Sky Sports.

“Each point we have now, we need to go through the most intense period ever for us. You see how Chelsea and Leicester are performing, if we lose today, it is then about five points? After the start we had, five points is nothing.

“We have to play them [Man City] again and we don’t care about the table or whatever, we just try to do the right things in the specific games and if we can do that, then we are good but we need the boys for that and we have to hope they stay fit.”

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