Manchester City are clear favourites to win the Premier League title after their winning run and Liverpool must target to be the best of the rest, manager Juergen Klopp has said.
Liverpool are on 31 points, sandwiched between fourth-placed Tottenham Hotspur and sixth-placed Burnley with all three teams 18 points behind leaders City after 17 league games. Second-placed Manchester United are 11 points behind City while third-placed Chelsea are a further three points behind.
“This season nobody is really fighting anymore for the title. I don’t think United are,” Klopp told reporters.
“... If City doesn’t have any drop then they will probably win it so does that mean all the others have to stop? To be the best of the rest could be a fantastic target.
“So it is to try to have the best position in the table which for us is probably third or second... others are ahead of us as well in the moment but our performances show we could do it if we bring our skills often enough on the pitch.”
City are on a 15-game winning streak in the league and host Tottenham Hotspur later on Saturday while Liverpool travel to 14th-placed Bournemouth today.
Rivals must find way to challenge City: Conte
Manchester City’s top rivals must find a way to challenge the runaway Premier League leaders, Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has said.
City look unstoppable and lead the Premier League table by 11 points after a record-breaking 15-game winning streak that has seen them beat six of the league’s top seven sides so far.
“We must try to find the right solution to contend the title, to try to fight them. Not only Chelsea, but the five top teams,” Conte told reporters on Friday.
“Manchester City are not a surprise for me. At the start of the season all the people said the league was for two contenders - Man City and Manchester United.
“During the transfer market they reached their targets. We must pay great attention, not only in England, because Man City is building a strong team to lead in Europe.”
Chelsea, who are 14 points behind City in third position, have won seven of their last nine league games, but Conte conceded that their record would mean little if Pep Guardiola’s side continued their run.
“Time is moving on and Manchester City are continuing to win, this is the problem,” Conte added.
“We must be realistic. In the last nine games we won seven times, drew one - to Liverpool - and lost one. And the distance improved for Manchester City.
“In nine games, when you win seven times and draw only once - it’s possible to draw against Liverpool - and lose only one game, and stay 14 points less.”
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