Jurgen Klopp has tipped the Premier League title race to ‘go to the wire’ this season following an unpredictable opening half to the campaign.
Liverpool will be looking to get their title push back on track following back-to-back draws when they travel to face Southampton this evening, the champions currently top of the division on goal difference ahead of nearest challengers Manchester United.
Leicester are just a further point back, whilst Manchester City can also move within a point of the league leaders if they win their game in hand following an impressive 3-1 victory over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.
Klopp’s side secured a first league title in three decades last season with a record seven games to spare, though the German insists there will be no repeat of the Reds’ runaway victory this season and has backed the Premier League title race to ‘go to the wire’.
“For sure, but last season was very tough for us as well, it’s not that we thought, ‘Oh my God, it’s that easy.’ It was really tough. And this year is tough again,” he said at his pre-match press conference.
“We wish it would not be that close but I’m not surprised that it’s close. We have our situation, all the other clubs have their situation.
“Our season is so far, so good. Not more, not less. We try to be ready for each game. How I said, I liked the reaction [against Newcastle] from the second half against West Brom. That was good. Now Southampton will ask for different things, we have to be ready again. Then Aston Villa, then Manchester United.
“Yeah, this season is a tough one for the supporters. If you are neutral then you will love it, I’m pretty sure, because it will go to the wire probably. But it’s just tough for all of us, that’s the reason why it’s so close.”