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‘It’s not won already’ Klopp rubbishes Guardiola’s title joke

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Jurgen Klopp rubbished Pep Guardiola’s claim that Liverpool have already won the Premier League title for this season.

It’s been a perfect start to the new season for Klopp with Liverpool having won all five of their opening games. They’ll be looking to restore their five-point lead over Guardiola’s City in the Premier League for this evening’s trip to Chelsea.

Following a shock 3-2 defeat at Norwich City last weekend, however, Guardiola seemingly gave up on the title battle.

“Congratulations Liverpool, you are the champions,” the City boss said after falling five points behind the Reds.

Although the Citizens’ 8-0 thrashing of Watford on Saturday may have changed Guardiola’s tone since then. Regardless, Klopp isn’t taking any notice of this nonsense at such an early stage of the campaign.

“It hasn’t been won already,” the Liverpool boss told reporters during a press conference on Saturday.

“This season won’t be like last season. We have seen that already, with every team making big steps.”

Klopp added: “There is not [a] team in the league who I think will go down with hardly any points. You’ve got Watford who were at the bottom with two points but, ­performance-wise, they could ­already have had five, six or seven points.

“Wolves are also struggling a bit – but will end up going back up – so we have ­already seen that the league is different this season.

“I think that’s why Pep ­responded as he did with a joke because ­nothing has happened so far.

“We’ve had just five games and so many things can still happen. You simply cannot think that far ahead.

“We have enough to do just ­thinking about the next game, then the next game and the next game.”

The Chelsea and Liverpool match will start at 17:30 (CET).

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ISTANBUL, TURKEY – AUGUST 14: Cesar Azpilicueta of Chelsea (R) shakes hands with Jordan Henderson of Liverpool prior to the UEFA Super Cup match between Liverpool and Chelsea at Vodafone Park on August 14, 2019 in Istanbul, Turkey. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)