Jurgen Klopp has insisted that Man City are still the team to beat this season, despite Liverpool sitting atop the Premier League.
However, in a move that could be seen as one to defuse the pressure and expectation on his side, the German has insisted that Pep Guardiola’s men are still the favourites to win the Premier League, as well as saying that Spurs aren’t out of it either.
“Being completely neutral about it, I look at it and say, ‘Yes, the team to beat are obviously City,'” Klopp in his pre-match press conference.
“I don’t think that way about us, to be honest with you, because I see us every day, every week, and I know we have to work on that.
“They are really, really, really good. I have to respect that. I can’t say that City are lucky here and lucky there, they aren’t. Every match-day, they are spot on. They were last year, when they got 100 points, and they stay in that mode.
“There’s no sign of weakness. That’s why I say it. They are the current champions and they still play like champions. The desire I see at City after being such clear champions last year, I think that’s special.
“We are all the challengers. But not only City. Tottenham have so many injury problems, the shortest break after the World Cup, I don’t know how many Belgian and English players they had, no pre-season and won all the games in a difficult situation. Now they are six points behind us. Wow. That’s really massive.
“Arsenal’s start? Chelsea? That’s all really good. So how can we think about anything else other than just winning our games and getting as many points as we can?”
Liverpool play Wolves this evening in Friday Night Football. You can see our preview in the brand new The Football Faithful live centre.
The Reds travel to the Etihad to face Man City on January 3 in what could be a potential title decider.