Jurgen Klopp says it is ‘nice’ that Liverpool are top of the Premier League at Christmas but insists it means absolutely ‘nothing’ in terms of the title race.
Liverpool are top of the division at Christmas for the third consecutive campaign after making a strong start to the league season, a record 7-0 Premier League victory over Crystal Palace last weekend leaving the Reds four points clear of second-placed Leicester.
After winning the title with a record seven games to spare last season, however, the current campaign has been one of the most competitive in recent memory and just six points currently separate the Premier League’s top six.
Klopp admits that it is pleasing to see his side top the table at this stage of the campaign, though insists it matters little and says the champions must ‘focus until the end of the season’ if they are to achieve ‘something special’.
“Obviously, it means you’re not automatically champion in May if you lead at Xmas otherwise we would have been champions before,” he told the media at his pre-match press conference.
“It’s the best position you can be in at the moment but that is it. We know how tough it is.
“It’s nice, nothing else.
“Two years ago when we didn’t win after being top at Xmas it was about the quality of the opponents and that quality is still out there. If we want to do something special we focus until the end of the season.”
Liverpool return to action when they face West Bromwich Albion on Sunday afternoon, the league leaders hosting Sam Allardyce’s struggling side at Anfield.
Klopp confirmed that the Reds will assess the fitness of both Xherdan Shaqiri and James Milner ahead of the clash, though says that Thiago will not be considered this weekend despite being pictured in light training this week.