Klopp: Blues don’t feel pressure at top
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.