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Klopp insists title race will run ‘until the final day’

Jurgen Klopp insists the title race will run until the final day of the season as he watched his Liverpool team open up a six-point lead at the top after beating Newcastle 4-0 at Anfield.

Manchester City suffered their second league defeat on the trot at Leicester meaning Spurs leapfrogged Pep Guardiola’s side into second.

Klopp insisted his side were fully focused on their own game today, despite City and Spurs also being in action at the same time.

“The start of the game offensively was very lively, defensively a bit in-between, I didn’t like it too much,’’ Klopp told BBC Sport.

“But apart from that the whole game was really good, we could’ve scored more, the chances were there with fantastic movements. Right to the end, we were wanting to control the game but still wanted to score.

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“It’s difficult to break down Newcastle’s formation, they worked hard but the boys stayed in the game and did the job.

“We had no idea about the Manchester City result until after the game. We play City soon – if I was them I would think there is only four points because we still have to play them, then we play Arsenal before then as well.

“The only thing that matters to us is the performance and keeping that level of performance. It’s good but that’s all. Tottenham are flying – they had a difficult summer but they are doing brilliant.”

The former Borussia Dortmund boss also refused to discount the rest of the top five in the remaining months of the season.

“We are on a good run as well. Chelsea will win, Arsenal will win, it will be a race until the final day.

“But we are in it and that’s important. We’re just creating a basis for the rest of the season and the basis after the first part of the season is obviously a good one.”

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