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

Kristopher Nichols
October 10, 2018

I watched the game on the flight back.

The Brazilian joined the Reds from Monaco for £43.7m in May, but has featured in just three of the club's 11 matches this season.

"We have to start thinking about the players".

Klopp echoed Guardiola's sentiments that Liverpool had more than one eye on City ahead of the game, and suggested his team were more reluctant to jump into challenges and press the reigning champs high.

"The reason why last time he didn't [start] - the only time he didn't [start] - was for another reason, a tactical movement, so Kyle Walker can attack more on the right side than him", Guardiola said at a news conference.

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"I think the very fact that Jurgen signed two and tried to get three shows you they are a bit short there".

But my worry with Chelsea is where their other goals will come from if Hazard stops scoring as regularly, because their main strikers Olivier Giroud and Alvaro Morata are not exactly prolific.

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Saints exposed them at the back but missed two sitters, firstly through Danny Ings to go 1-0 up and then when Ryan Bertrand could have equalised.

The champions remain the team to beat and, from the end of February onwards, they have a very favourable run-in.

Both managers approached the game as if it was an important one in the title race.

And to match City, Liverpool must be ruthless against "lesser" opponents.

The blessed relief of a last-gasp penalty miss saw Liverpool play out a scoreless draw against the visiting Manchester City at Anfield this evening and finish out the last in a punishing run of fixtures that saw them play seven games in 22 days.

That made it a totally different game to their meetings last season.

Yes it made for a drab game this time, but their real battle is only just beginning. Manchester City got the biggest chance to seal the game when Lorey Sane was knocked down by Virgil van Dijk in his own penalty area and the Cityzens' were handed a spot kick. "(A draw) is better than last season when we lose", added Guardiola as City's wait for a first win at Anfield since 2003 continued.

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