City won’t feel the pressure, claims Klopp
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.”