Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp believes Manchester City will provide relentless opposition in the race for the Premier League title this season.
Klopp’s table-toppers lead second-placed reigning champions City by four points heading into this week’s matches.
But this week, for the first time since December 15, City will play a league match before title rivals Liverpool, with Pep Guardiola’s men in action away to Newcastle on Tuesday -24 hours before the Reds face Leicester at Anfield.
It is a pattern that will be repeated for the next two rounds of league matches but an unconcerned Klopp said Tuesday: “For me, no difference. If we win the game, we are not interested in other results.
“How can we change the approach?”,” the German, looking to guide Liverpool to their first domestic championship title since 1990, added.
– ‘Do your own work’ –
“I said it a few times, I expect City to win every game,” he explained. “It makes sense that you think like this.
“I expect City to beat Newcastle, but I will still watch it because we play Newcastle as well.
“I can only speak for myself, but I don’t sit in front of the TV and think (damn) when they score or whatever.
“I really believe that you have to do your own work, your own job if you want to have something.
“Don’t be concentrated on other teams, it doesn’t help. I expect to be one point up before the game tomorrow, and that doesn’t bother me.”
Liverpool have problems at right-back, with James Milner serving a one-match suspension, while Trent Alexander-Arnold (knee) and Joe Gomez (leg) are injured
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