And as far as the German manager is concerned, it’s too early to write off Ange Postecoglou and Unai Emery’s teams. “I know it’s every week (the title race),” he said, after the win at Anfield. “You add in Tottenham – who got a big win for them today. Villa play tomorrow. They are all in the mix and Arsenal obviously.”
Liverpool were dealt another blow during the clash, with Trent Alexander-Arnold going off at half-time. And he cited injury problems as a reason why the battle to win the league was still wide-open.
“Two weeks ago we had the perfect squad situation,” he added. “Two weeks later we are short in each area. Like, wow. It all can happen. We all need luck to get through it when you don’t have that, you have to fight through it.”
Liverpool could be five points clear by time Pep Guardiola’s side play their next game. His side go to Brentford at 12.30pm next Saturday, and they have a good record in that time slot this season despite Klopp’s public reservations over lunchtime games.
Champions City will then host Chelsea on Saturday evening. The 2022/23 treble winners have won all five of their league clashes since the turn of the year.