Klopp says Man City are ‘big’ title favourites and discusses latest Premier League rule change

Jurgen Klopp says Manchester City are ‘the big favourite’ for the Premier League title, though is confident Liverpool can compete with the champions again next season.

Liverpool narrowly finished as runners-up to Pep Guardiola’s side last season, finishing just a point behind Man City despite having amassed a club-record 97 points.

The Premier League have confirmed that team’s head-to-head records against each other will now be an extra deciding factor in league position for teams who finish the season level on points, and Klopp believes the tightness of last season’s title race may have had some bearing on the rule change.

“The Premier League did a rule change, probably because it was so tight last year, they probably thought we have to make clear if there are two teams same amount of points it’s sorted already before we come to the situation [of a playoff game],” Klopp told a press conference in Indiana, USA.

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“It would be great to be around Manchester City again because that’s the only possibility we have to pass them.

“It’s already clear that they’re the big favourite again and I have no problem with that.

“They had a very good situation last year, especially having had 100 points in the season before, the greed they showed, the determination they showed it was impressive.

“I don’t think they wouldn’t have 98 points if we hadn’t had been around and I don’t think we would have had 97 points if they hadn’t had been around so we chased each other through the season and put each other under pressure.

“Tottenham were on the same level until March when they had some difficult results and that moment the gap became bigger.

“All the teams will start again. There is not a duel with Liverpool and Manchester City and everyone else is watching us, that’s not how the Premier League is, all the games are so difficult to play.”

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