Klopp tells ta­ble-top­ping Reds to keep calm

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LIVER­POOL man­ager Jur­gen Klopp has urged his play­ers to “be cool” after his side went top of the Pre­mier League for the first time since he ar­rived at An­field.

Klopp watched Liver­pool pro­duce one of their most em­phatic dis­plays of the sea­son as they thrashed Wat­ford 6-1.

Sa­dio Mane scored twice while Philippe Coutinho, Emre Can, Roberto Firmino and Ge­orginio Wi­j­nal­dum also got their names on the score­sheet as Liver­pool pro­duced the kind of per­for­mance that will fur­ther fuel ti­tle talk.

How­ever, Klopp was keen to urge cau­tion de­spite the fer­vour whipped up by the red half of Mersey­side, who have not seen Liver­pool win the league ti­tle since 1990.

“If some­body thinks be­ing one point ahead after 11 match­days is a big sign for the rest of the sea­son, I can’t help this per­son, so sorry,” Klopp said.

“We stay cool, it’s the best po­si­tion I can imag­ine, noth­ing else happened. We didn’t speak one word that Arse­nal drew against Tot­ten­ham, not one word about the pos­si­bil­ity of be­ing top of the ta­ble.

“The only thing you can do is work and stay con­cen­trated, be­cause a lot of dif­fer­ent things could hap­pen in the next few weeks and months.

“No mat­ter how pos­i­tive they are is up to us, ac­tu­ally.”

Klopp in­sisted that the ex­tra scru­tiny on his side as they head into the in­ter­na­tional break top of the pile for the first time since May 2014 will not af­fect them.

He added “There is no pres­sure after 11 match­days. Chelsea played yes­ter­day (Sunday), quite im­pres­sive. We saw Manch­ester City play Barcelona, quite im­pres­sive.

“Never write Manch­ester United off. Tot­ten­ham, good side. I’m not sure if I’ve for­got­ten any­body but there’s a lot of re­ally good teams around.

“You can play a re­ally good sea­son and when they are bet­ter what’s pos­si­ble is you could be fifth or sixth and no one would be re­ally happy.

“Stay cool, take the things like they are, play your best foot­ball and win foot­ball games. That’s the only thing you can do.

“When I came here I asked for time, pa­tience, be­lief, a lot of things. Now after 11 match­days ev­ery­body is ask­ing for guar­an­tees and they are not there, there’s no guar­an­tees.

“The only thing we ob­vi­ously have is a pretty good foot­ball team, let’s try to use it.”

While Klopp was keen to take the sting out of any ti­tle talk, Wat­ford man­ager Wal­ter Maz­zarri was happy to rank Liver­pool as his favourites.

Wat­ford have played Arse­nal, Chelsea and Manch­ester United this sea­son but Maz­zarri was adamant where Liver­pool are in the peck­ing or­der for Pre­mier League ti­tle chal­lengers.

“From the teams we have played against, there is no doubt they are the team I am most im­pressed with,” said the Ital­ian.

“If they con­tinue like this, they are No 1 in my list for win­ning the Pre­mier League.

“I am very very im­pressed, not only tac­ti­cally but on their run­ning, their press­ing, they are re­ally a great team.”

Wat­ford lost goal­keeper Heurelho Gomes to a in­jury in the 33rd minute of the game and the Brazil­ian left An­field his knee heav­ily strapped up, although Maz­zarri does not know the ex­tent of the blow.

“He had a very big knock on the knee,” he added. “But we need to check in the next days if the knee twisted and we will know in the next days.” — AFP

Liver­pool made light work of Wat­ford to se­cure a win that sends them top of the league

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