Stay calm, Reds told

Liver­pool are catch­ing fire af­ter goal strikes

The Star (Kenya) - - Sports International - LON­DON /

Juer­gen Klopp sug­gested on Sun­day that ev­ery­one needed to stay cool amid the crescendo of ex­cite­ment that is build­ing up around Liver­pool’s ti­tle chal­lenge.

Their fab­u­lous 6-1 trounc­ing of Wat­ford at An­field, fea­tur­ing the at­tack­ing bril­liance that has char­ac­terised their en­tire sea­son, saw Liver­pool hit the top of the Pre­mier League for the first time in the Klopp era.

Yet while the win even had Wat­ford’s bruised man­ager Wal­ter Maz­zarri coo­ing that Liver­pool could lift the ti­tle for the first time since the cre­ation of the Pre­mier League, Klopp sug­gested ev­ery­one calmed down.

With Chelsea, fresh from their 5-0 ham­mer­ing of Ever­ton on Satur­day, only a point be­hind and both the widely-ad­mired Manch­ester City and Arse­nal a fur­ther point adrift, Klopp reck­oned it was far too early to get car­ried away.

“If some­body thinks be­ing one point ahead af­ter 11 match days is a big sign for the rest of the sea­son, then I can’t help this per­son,” Klopp told re­porters.

“We stay cool. It’s the best po­si­tion I can imag­ine but noth­ing else has hap­pened.

“We knew that Arse­nal drew against Tot­ten­ham but we didn’t speak one word about the pos­si­bil­ity of be­ing top of the ta­ble.

“We saw Chelsea yes­ter­day, quite im­pres­sive; Man City play­ing Barcelona, quite im­pres­sive; Man United, never write them off; Tot­ten­ham are a good side. There’s a lot of re­ally good teams around.

“For me it’s more im­por­tant that we look like a team.”

They do. Liver­pool be­came the first team to get to the 30goal land­mark in the league this sea­son as Sa­dio Mane led the rout of Wat­ford with a dou­ble.

It was the first time since their ex­cit­ing ti­tle chal­lenge in May 2014 that Liver­pool had led the league but Klopp did warn that this was a very dif­fer­ent out­fit to the one that even­tu­ally fin­ished run­ners-up to Manch­ester City af­ter the in­fa­mous Steven Ger­rard slip which gifted Chelsea a de­ci­sive win.

“I know the story when it was re­ally close and ev­ery­body com­pares -- but this is not the team of two or three years.”

Liver­pool man­ager Juer­gen Klopp and Sa­dio Mane cel­e­brate af­ter the game against Wat­ford

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