Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp does not expect rivals Manchester City to buckle under pressure despite their hectic fixture list.
Klopp’s men will return to the summit of the Premier League if they overcome Fulham at Craven Cottage, leaving the Citizens who are in FA Cup action against Swansea this weekend to play catch-up.
Nonetheless, the German gaffer has played down the significance of a lead at this stage of the campaign, suggesting their rivals will cope with whatever is thrown at them.
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“Psychologically we didn’t struggle because we are not ahead of them any more and it doesn’t change,” he said via FourFourTwo.
“Being ahead of City is not that important but we have a game at the weekend and we want to win that game.
“Obviously we are then ahead but it doesn’t mean a lot. The game in hand for City is (Manchester) United, for sure not an easy one, but it is not decided at the weekend because of that.
“All the stories will be written but we will accept these stories because it would mean we would have won the game, which is difficult enough and the only thing we think about.”
With Liverpool given a kind draw on paper against FC Porto in the Champions League, most pundits feel that could play to their advantage compared to Man City vs. Spurs.
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Both English teams will face each other thrice in a fortnight which would further complicate their schedule in April.
Spurs are suddenly fighting for a place in the top-four following a poor run of results, while Pep Guardiola’s men are keen on securing an unprecedented quadruple.