Jurgen Klopp has called on his side to ‘fight like challengers’ as leaders Liverpool bid to continue their perfect start to the new Premier League season.
The European champions have opened up a five point gap at the top of the division after beginning the season with six successive wins, and will be looking to continue their fine form when they travel to face newly-promoted Sheffield United this weekend.
Having finished last season strongly the Reds are now on a 15 game winning run in the league, with Klopp’s side now within three wins of matching Manchester City‘s Premier League record 18-game winning streak set in 2017/18.
Despite being just four wins from setting a new record for consecutive league wins, Klopp insists Liverpool are focused only on their next fixture and has urged his side to ‘fight like a proper challenger’.
“We don’t think about it (the 15 game winning streak),” Klopp said in his press conference. “The only moment when I think about it is in the press conference. Nobody mentions it, we don’t think about it and it’s just about the next game.
“Thank God we lost from time to time in the Champions League and other cup competitions so we still know how it feels, because that is really important.
“We want to go to Sheffield and make their life as uncomfortable as possible. Maybe we are considered a top team but we don’t want to behave like a top team. Playing, if possible, yes but fighting like a proper challenger.
“I don’t see any reason why there should be any advantage for Sheffield apart from playing in their own stadium. Is it allowed that they will fight more than us? No. Is it allowed that they will run more than us? No. Is it allowed that they do more? No.
“We have to be spot on. That is the plan. We tried to make sure with how we planned the week that the boys will be ready for the game. Really looking forward to it.”