Liverpool lunge to early lead

Mercury (Hobart) - - SPORT -

EVEN Juer­gen Klopp can­not quite be­lieve Liverpool’s ad­van­tage over Manch­ester City this early in the Premier League sea­son.

“That’s crazy, nine points,” the Liverpool man­ager said. “You can­not imag­ine some­thing like this can hap­pen.”

It’s very real after Liverpool beat City 3-1 at An­field cour­tesy of goals from Fabinho, Mo­hamed Salah and Sa­dio Mane.

Only 12 games have been played, with an­other 26 to go in the pur­suit of a first ti­tle since 1990 for the 18-time English cham­pi­ons.

Klopp is not get­ting car­ried away and claimed it was too early in the sea­son for their lead — eight points clear of Le­ices­ter and Chelsea, and nine over cham­pi­ons City — to be sig­nif­i­cant.

“It’s not im­por­tant be­cause who wants to be first in early Novem­ber?” Klopp said.

In Sun­day’s other games, An­dreas Pereira and Mar­cus Rash­ford scored to help United beat Brighton 3-1, with an own goal also boost­ing the hosts.

Goals from Ruben Neves and Raul Jimenez led Wolves past As­ton Villa 2-1 in a West Mid­lands derby.

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