EPL: Klopp names club to challenge Liverpool, Man City for title

Hope Soto
October 13, 2018

With a place at the top of the Premier League before the global break at stake, the pressure was on Liverpool to make a statement win, however in truth they were fortunate to draw.

Billions of pounds of investment from Manchester City's Abu Dhabi owners over the past decade has reaped three Premier League titles and transformed the blue half of Manchester from "noisy neighbours" into the dominant side in the city.

'We aim to improve every game and we want to win every game.

They have taken data from City's opening eight league fixtures, against Arsenal (a), Huddersfield (h), Wolves (a), Newcastle (h), Fulham (h), Cardiff (a), Brighton (h) and Liverpool (a).

"It was really intense".

They were the top two teams in the Premier League heading into this clash and the feeling of respect was palpable during the entire 90 minutes on Sunday at Anfield.

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"I am so comfortable with the performance we have done". We have to embrace it.

Klopp's front three had been deadly in the two home games against City last season but the service to them was restricted and the trio of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane could create little from their limited opportunities. We were close, more than ever to winning here but it is better than last season and we compete really really good.

Juan Mata, peripheral to Mourinho's plans since the start of the season, was instrumental in Manchester United's dramatic fightback against Newcastle. "You have to create your own moments, you have to be fearless in these situations as well and then it can work, but there is no guarantee, absolutely not". At the end of the season, you can make sure you can win something, not at the beginning of the season. "Liverpool have started so well, they have the same points us, but we were expecting that all along".

A more reasonably hard and reasonably spaced-out set of games can see the reds return to playing with the zip of a month ago and keep their title challenge on track.

"If it is an open game at Anfield you don't have a chance", said Guardiola, who acknowledged his approach had been to slow the pace of the game and limit space for Klopp's side. "We have to battle and fight with them for different things in the league and maybe in the Champions League at one point if it comes to that again". "Overall, a draw is a deserved result".

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