Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp insists the Premier League table will count for nothing when his side head into battle against title rivals Manchester City at the Etihad on Thursday reports Completesportsnigeria.com reports.
A 5-1 win over Arsenal extended their lead at the top to nine points from Tottenham, although third-placed City have a chance to reduce that to seven should they beat at Southampton on Sunday.
A hat-trick from Roberto Firmino and goals from Mohamed Salah and Mane after Ainsley Maitland-Niles had given the Arsenal an early lead made it nine successive league wins for Liverpool.
Liverpool are now unbeaten in 20 matches and the 54 points from 20 league matches – 16 more than they had at the same stage a year ago – is the best start to a season in their history.
“What do you think? When we went to City last year, do you think I had the table in the dressing room and said, ‘We are fourth, they are first?”‘ he in his pre-match conference ahead of the game.
“It’s just not important. We wanted to win the game, which we obviously didn’t do (they lost 5-0 after Sadio Mane was sent off in the first half), but we wanted to win it that day and I think everyone who remembers it saw that.
“The only thing that has changed is that you all ask about it, that’s all. It’s not a problem, you can ask what you want.
“We go to City not with whatever-point distance, we only go there to try to play the best football game we can play: 100 per cent.”
“I don’t think I am famous for not being a positive person. From time to time, even I enjoy life,” he added.
“When we came into the season the thing was if we can qualify for the third time for a Champions League spot then that would be brilliant.
“Now we have quite a distance between that, but do I feel that’s already done? No. Sorry, I cannot feel it.
“I’ve learned in sports like this that you think about the next step and not the next, next step. We don’t do that.
“The fans think we are in good shape and it would be crazy if they didn’t think we are not in a good moment, absolutely crazy.
“A few of them obviously have a holiday at this time of year, so maybe New Year’s Eve will be a bit louder in Liverpool – hopefully not too loud because my dog doesn’t like it!
“Enjoy it and do whatever you do, but be ready again on January 3. That’s all I am asking.”