Jurgen Klopp opens up about Liverpool FC title rivals

Jurgen Klopp says that Manchester City are the team to beat for his Liverpool FC side in the Premier League title race

Jurgen Klopp
Liverpool FC boss Jurgen Klopp Photo: New Balance

Jurgen Klopp has admitted that Manchester City are the team to beat for his Liverpool FC side in the Premier League title race this season.

The Reds have made a fine start to the new campaign and have established themselves as one of the main contenders for the title this season.

Liverpool FC are still aiming to win their first trophy since Klopp’s appointment back in 2015 but the Reds look better placed than ever to be able to sustain a title challenge this season.

Manchester City, however, are likely to pose the biggest threat to Liverpool FC’s title hopes, with Pep Guardiola’s side looking in fine form as they aim to defend their top-flight crown.

And Liverpool FC boss Klopp – whose side are currently at the top of the table – feels that Manchester City are clearly the team to beat in the title race this term.

Speaking to Sky Sports before Friday’s trip to Wolves, Klopp said: “Being completely neutral about it, I look at it and say, ‘Yes, the team to beat are obviously City.’

“I don’t think that way about us, to be honest with you, because I see us every day, every week, and I know we have to work on that.

“They are really, really, really good. I have to respect that. I can’t say that City are lucky here and lucky there, they aren’t. Every match-day, they are spot on. They were last year, when they got 100 points, and they stay in that mode.

“There’s no sign of weakness. That’s why I say it. They are the current champions and they still play like champions. The desire I see at City after being such clear champions last year, I think that’s special.

“We are all the challengers. But not only City. Tottenham have so many injury problems, the shortest break after the World Cup, I don’t know how many Belgian and English players they had, no pre-season and won all the games in a difficult situation. Now they are six points behind us. Wow. That’s really massive.

“Arsenal’s start? Chelsea? That’s all really good. So how can we think about anything else other than just winning our games and getting as many points as we can?”

Liverpool FC will also be looking to progress in Europe this season. The Reds will take on German giants Bayern Munich in the last 16 of the Champions League next year.

The Reds will return to Premier League action on Boxing Day when they take on Newcastle United at Anfield.

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