Klopp: Blues don’t feel pres­sure at top

Manchester Evening News - - CHELSEA V CITY - By CARL MARKHAM

JUR­GEN Klopp does not think Premier League lead­ers City are feel­ing the pres­sure of Liver­pool main­tain­ing their chase – even if his side go top of the ta­ble.

An early start at Bournemouth means the Reds could over­take their ri­vals, who have an evening kick-off at fourth-placed Chelsea, but the Ger­man does not be­lieve that will have much ef­fect.

City have won 13 of their 15 matches – Liver­pool’s best start to a sea­son in their his­tory has seen them win 12 – and al­ready scored 15 more goals than their fel­low un­beaten ri­vals.

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

“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 is do­ing a fan­tas­tic job there, and it will be dif­fi­cult enough.”

Klopp has to deal with a num­ber of in­juries at pre­cisely the wrong time with his team two games into a run of 10 matches in five weeks.

The loss of Joe Gomez for six weeks with a bro­ken leg is sig­nif­i­cant with fel­low de­fender De­jan Lovren out with con­cus­sion and right-back Nathaniel Clyne, who has played just six matches in the last sea­son and a half be­cause of in­juries, side­lined for at least a fort­night.

Klopp had been ro­tat­ing young­sters Trent Alexan­der-Arnold and Gomez on the right side of de­fence, when Gomez was not part­ner­ing Vir­gil Van Dijk in the cen­tre.

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