LIVERPOOL manager Jurgen Klopp insists his club can’t fear Manchester City – and should instead simply enjoy “the most exciting title race in years”.
Liverpool’s unbeaten start has seen has seen them only drop points only to the Champions and Chelsea, but they are not top and have three of the big guns snapping at their heels.
As the Reds head to Arsenal for a top four showdown the German coach is convinced he has seen enough to trust his side to take the Premier League fight to the very end.
“It’s like it is, and hopefully it stays like this until the end of the season. It is probably the most exciting season for years,” he said.
And asked if he’s seen enough to believe Liverpool’s almost perfect start can continue, he added: “Yes, but it doesn’t mean it will be like that. But who should I doubt in that team at the moment?
“It is probably the most exciting season for years”
“They all try everything and it’s not my job to look at each detail and think ‘He could be a little bit better’ because they are all human beings. We are in a good place, and we have to see it is just exciting.
“I am a football fan as well and for a football fan it’s great. It will probably be a fight at both ends of the table until the last match-day.
“It is our job to be ready for that. At the moment it looks like we are ready but we have to prove that many times this season.”
Klopp is without skipper Jordan Henderson and fellow midfielder Naby Keita for the trip to the Emirates, but his strike force is back on song for a fixture he has never lost.
In his five games against Arsenal as Kop boss there have been a staggering 27 goals, with Liverpool scoring three or more in all of them, for a total of 17.
He has told his side they can’t think about City’s incredible form, and their ability to keep winning virtually at will – because that will only induce pressure they can’t cope with.
“For us it is not important what other teams are doing, only if we play them,” he added.
“We are really focused on us, really focused on us, and that’s the only way I know it will work.
“It doesn’t make sense to think like that because it puts you in a situation where you feel like you are not in charge. You react on what they do.
“They win and you think about the pressure being more on us because they have won already.”
Instead, Klopp will rely on his side to keep doing what they have done – and he believes they are better equipped than ever to deal with the pressure of matching City.
“Last year a few teams played really good seasons but there was no chance to catch City because, by October-November last year, they were clear,” he said.
“That’s why I say so far, so good. We don’t feel satisfaction. We don’t feel: ‘Wow! We are really good’. We won, cool, let’s go again – that’s exactly how it is.
“We have learned to deal with that after maybe a few years where it was not that obvious that the players can cope with that situation. We have grown together.”