Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp insists his side “don’t feel the pressure” after going eight points clear at the top of the Premier League.
The Reds dispatched Manchester City 3-1 at Anfield as they took an eight-point lead at the top of the table, leaving the reigning champions in fourth – nine points adrift of the Reds.
Liverpool struck twice in the opening fifteen minutes as Fabinho’s powerful hit gave them the lead, with Mohamed Salah heading home to double the advantage.
Sadio Mane squeezed a header home from Jordan Henderson’s deep cross early in the second-half, before Bernardo Silva netted a late consolation goal for Pep Guardiola’s side.
It’s an unprecedented but excellent position for Liverpool to be in heading into the November international break, but Klopp insists there is still a long way to go in the title race.
“We don’t feel the pressure, to be 100 per cent honest. Where is the pressure?” he said.
“Look, the things will come up now, we know that, and if you are with us you say, ‘Wow, nine points’. There is a long way to go and lose here a point, lose there a point and stuff like this, what will probably happen.
“Other people 100 per cent said already from now on Liverpool can only lose it, but that’s a very negative approach.
“You can see it like this, but we don’t care. I promise you we don’t care.
“We were today completely focused on this game and not the situation in the table or whatever, how many points we are ahead of City. That’s crazy.
“Nine points, you cannot imagine that something like this happens, but it is not important because who wants to be first in early November? We want to be first in May and not only in November.
“We all know that, but we don’t have to say that because it is clear. We just try what we can and in the end we will see what happens.
“The pressure or whatever is not there yet. Maybe it will come or whatever, but in the moment it is just opportunity and go for it, do the work, throw all in what you have and then let’s see what happens.”
Liverpool are tipped in some quarters to go unbeaten in the league this season, a feat only achieved by Arsenal in the 2003-04 season.
However, Klopp isn’t willing to entertain any such discussion, rightfully keeping expectations low and recalibrating focus onto their next fixture.
“Not at all,” he said when asked if the Reds consider going the season unbeaten. “The 100 percent truth is we just don’t think about it.
“The boys go now all over the world to play for their countries and hopefully come back healthy.
“Two days after they come back we play Crystal Palace – that’s what I’m concerned about, not how many games we won in the past.
“As you saw today again, it’s hardest work needed to win any football game but a game like this especially. So I’m really happy for tonight, but that’s it.”
The Reds make the trip to Selhurst Park to face Crystal Palace after the international break before finishing the month with home fixtures against Napoli in the Champions League and Brighton in the Premier League.
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