POINTS STAND­INGS

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LIVER­POOL, Eng­land (AP): T’S A year since Juergen Klopp breezed into English foot­ball as the new man­ager of Liver­pool, and the be­spec­ta­cled, fun-lov­ing Ger­man has es­tab­lished him­self as the most charis­matic coach in the Premier League. He’s prov­ing to be the shrewdest, too. In a sum­mer trans­fer window of record spend­ing by English top-flight clubs that topped one bil­lion pounds (now US$1.2 bil­lion) for the first time, Liver­pool re­turned a profit – re­port­edly be­tween £10-£15 mil­lion – as Klopp jug­gled his squad with mostly lower-pro­file re­cruits.

Fears that Liver­pool would be left be­hind by their big-spend­ing ri­vals have proved un­founded: The strat­egy has worked out just fine.

Klopp’s team has had the tough­est sched­ule of any­one in the league af­ter seven games but is cur­rently fourth in the stand­ings, two points off first-place Manch­ester City. The Reds have taken a to­tal of seven points from away games against Arse­nal, Tot­ten­ham and Chelsea, thrashed cham­pi­ons Le­ices­ter 4-1 and are the joint lead­ing scor­ers with 18 goals.

That start to the sea­son com­pares favourably to that of Manch­ester United, who visit An­field on Mon­day for what tra­di­tion­ally is the big­gest game on the English cal­en­dar be­tween the two most dec­o­rated teams in the coun­try.

United had the sec­ond-big­gest net spend (an es­ti­mated $170 mil­lion) of any English club in the trans­fer window un­der new coach Jose Mour­inho, tak­ing a Galac­tico-style ap­proach to its sign­ings by bring­ing in Paul Pogba for a world-record fee and su­per­star striker Zla­tan Ibrahi­movic.

IUnited are three points be­hind Liver­pool in sev­enth place, de­spite hav­ing had eas­ier-look­ing fix­tures.

Klopp spoke yes­ter­day of the “world-class play­ers” that Mour­inho has brought in, but with­out a sense of jeal­ousy.

DO­ING THE RIGHT THING

Quite sim­ply, he’s happy with what he’s got.

“It’s not a com­pe­ti­tion. It’s not that you win the league be­fore the sea­son,” Klopp said at Liver­pool’s Mel­wood train­ing ground. “You have a team with­out spend­ing money and you have a team with spend­ing a lot of money. Ev­ery­body has their own pos­si­bil­i­ties, their own ideas.

“We did what we did be­cause we thought it’s the right thing, for us.”

Mon­day will mark a year since Klopp took charge of his first Liver­pool match – a 0-0 draw at Liver­poo man­ager Juergen Liver­pool’s Rober (cen­tre), against S

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