Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp not concerned about Premier League title claims as win against Man City sends them nine points clear

10 Nov

Jurgen Klopp admitted he can hardly believe his Liverpool side have opened up a nine-point lead over defending champions Manchester City.

Klopp’s Premier League leaders beat City 3-1 at Anfield on Sunday thanks to goals from Fabinho, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp was defiant after watching his side beat Manchester City
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But the German claimed it was far too early in the season for such an advantage to be significant and the pressures of the title race were yet to come.

Klopp said: “Today we were completely focused on this game and not the situation in the table and how many points we are ahead of City. That’s crazy.

“Nine points ahead of City – you cannot imagine that something like this would happen.

“But it’s not important because who wants to be first in November? You want to be first in May. It’s only November.

Sadio Manes header secured all three points in front of the Kop
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“The pressure is not there yet. It will come, but at the moment it’s just opportunity and go for it and do the work, throw in all you have and let’s see what happens.

“We don’t feel any pressure, to be 100 per cent honest. Nine points is a positive but there’s a long way to go.

“People will 100 per cent say, and have said already, that from now on Liverpool can only lose it.

“That’s a very negative approach but we don’t care, I can promise you that we don’t care.”

Pep Guardiola cut a frustrated figure on the Anfield touchline
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Liverpool took a firm grip on the game with two goals in the opening 13 minutes but there was controversy over the first.

The ball struck Trent Alexander-Arnold’s hand in the Liverpool penalty area but nothing was given and the hosts broke upfield to score through Fabinho.

There was a further penalty shout for handball against Alexander-Arnold late in the game but, again, City were denied.

Klopp said: “I haven’t seen the penalty incident in the first half before Fabinho scored so I can’t say anything about, but I’ve heard it was first handball by Bernando Silva, I don’t know.

“I can imagine it’s not a situation Pep (Guardiola) is really pleased with. That’s normal.

“But the reaction we showed, 22 seconds later we were in front of their goal and Fabinho with his stunner brings us the 1-0 lead.”

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