Klopp: Premier League title battle is not a two-horse race

BRIGHTON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 12: Jurgen Klopp, Manager of Liverpool looks on prior to the Premier League match between Brighton & Hove Albion and Liverpool FC at American Express Community Stadium on January 12, 2019 in Brighton, United Kingdom. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp remains wary of the threat that Tottenham can pose in this season’s Premier League title race.

The Reds are in a very strong position right now with a four-point lead over reigning champions Manchester City, who failed to reduce the gap following their shock 2-1 defeat at Newcastle United on Tuesday night.

Therefore, Liverpool can go seven points clear at the top of the standings should they defeat Leicester City at Anfield tonight.

But Klopp believes it’s unwise to underestimate Spurs, who sit nine points below Liverpool in third-place and will play Watford at Wembley tonight.

“It’s not only Manchester City,” Klopp told BBC.

“Again, everybody writes off Tottenham and I know a lot of people said about them after the last week with two cup competitions, but I really don’t get it.

“City are a similar age group than we are, on the peak of everything, so it will definitely be difficult, but we don’t know where we will end at the end of the season. We don’t think about it really. We only want to win as many football games as possible.”

The German coach, who led Borussia Dortmund to back-to-back Bundesliga crowns before arriving at Liverpool in 2015, expects the title battle to last right until the end of the season.

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“It looks like it will be more exciting than last year, so that is good for football in general and for the Premier League,” said Klopp.

“I would guess it will go right to the end of the season, I don’t see any possible gaps.

“We have to be flawless as well, everybody has to be.”

The pressure is mounting on Klopp’s shoulders this season as the Anfield faithful pray that this will be the season that sees their 29-year wait for a league title finally come to an end.

“It’s not the biggest stress in the world, but it’s so intense and so important and all in a short time,” added Klopp.

“Football is not the most important thing in the world, but at these moments, of course, it feels like that because we have nothing else to do.

“It’s not easy to enjoy but I love what I do.”

The Liverpool and Leicester game will begin at 21:00 (CET) tonight.