City won’t feel the pres­sure, claims Klopp

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Liver­pool have been told that they can­not take their foot off the pedal as they go in search of their first top-flight ti­tle since 1990.

That is the mes­sage the Reds are re­ceiv­ing loud and clear from their boss Jur­gen Klopp who has warned his play­ers they can­not ex­pect Premier League lead­ers Manch­ester City to slip up.

Klopp and Co. face in-form Bournemouth in the early game to­day know­ing vic­tory could send them top — at least un­til the evening when City face a tricky tie at fourth-placed Chelsea — and the coach said Liver­pool just have to keep their fo­cus and take it one match at a time.

“I don’t think (Manch­ester City) feel pres­sure. They don’t look like they do,” Klopp said.

“That’s not the first tar­get any­way, the first tar­get is to try to per­form on the high­est level, be­cause it’s needed at Bournemouth. Ed­die ( Howe) is do­ing a fan­tas­tic job there, and it will be dif­fi­cult enough.”

Liver­pool are un­beaten in their first 15 matches of the sea­son so far — the best start in the club’s his­tory — and have looked ev­ery inch a ti­tle con­tender, scor­ing 30 goals while con­ced­ing just six.

Mean­while, Pep Guardi­ola has warned his Manch­ester City play­ers that com­pla­cency is the big­gest threat to their push for do­mes­tic and Euro­pean dom­i­na­tion. Guardi­ola’s un­beaten League lead­ers visit Chelsea sit­ting two points clear of Liver­pool, and look good to de­fend their ti­tle.

“The big­gest dan­ger to us is ba­si­cally to think that it’s not nec­es­sary to im­prove,” he said. “I see my team and many things are good but still we can be bet­ter.

“I am proud that we have been consistent for most of the past 15 or 16 months, play­ing ev­ery three days.

“That’s the most dif­fi­cult thing to achieve in all sports. It’s a big com­pli­ment for the play­ers. But I tell them ev­ery game that there are many things we can do bet­ter.”

Liver­pool boss Jur­gen Klopp has told his team to not let up.

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