Jurgen Klopp calms Liverpool FC title talk ahead of Arsenal clash

Jurgen Klopp assesses Liverpool FC's position in the title race ahead of Saturday's clash with Arsenal

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
Jurgen Klopp
Liverpool FC manager Jurgen Klopp Photo: New Balance

Jurgen Klopp has told his Liverpool FC players not to get carried away by their position at the top of the Premier League table as they prepare for their clash against Arsenal this weekend.

The Reds were able to extend their lead at the top of the Premier League table to six points on Boxing Day thanks to their thumping 4-0 win over Newcastle United at Anfield.

Manchester City slumped to another surprise defeat – this time losing to Leicester City – to leave them in third place in the table, with Tottenham now second and six points behind Klopp’s men heading into the new year.

Liverpool FC remain unbeaten in the top flight and the Reds have rightly been earning lots of praise for their solid form in recent weeks.

Arsenal, meanwhile are fifth in the table after their frustrating 1-1 draw with Brighton on Boxing Day.

The Reds will now focus on their crunch home clash against Arsenal on Saturday evening in what is their final game of 2018.

However, Liverpool FC manager Klopp has urged his players not to read too much into their position and says that there is a long way to go in the title race.

Speaking at his post-match news conference after Wednesday’s win over Newcastle, Klopp said: “We play Arsenal and City [in our next two games], so it’s good that we have six or seven points more than other teams.

“But that’s pretty much all. What we wanted to do all the time [was] create a situation, a basis for the rest of the season and now the first part of the season is over. What we said as well is that we want to create our own history.

“We are the first Liverpool team in the Premier League to be unbeaten in 19 matches – a little history and a nice step. [We have] Conceded seven goals – all really, really good numbers.

“A good situation, that’s clear, but 19 games to go. We play City, we play Arsenal, we play Tottenham, we play all of them again and again and maybe in different competitions. So it’s very difficult, there’s a long way to go and we all know that.

“I had no idea how any other teams were playing, I didn’t even know where they were playing so afterwards I got the results and I can say it didn’t do a lot with me, if it did anything, to be honest. It’s just information.

“We have to win our games, we have to be focused, we need to be really in the mood with having tunnel vision. That’s really important and then we will see where it leads us.”

Liverpool FC are still aiming to try and win their first trophy since Klopp’s appointment at Anfield back in 2015.

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