Jurgen Klopp: Liverpool boss says no extra pressure on Premier League leaders
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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says there is "no extra pressure" on his side as they head into the second half of the season top of the Premier League.
The Reds are four points clear of champions Manchester City before 26 December's fixtures.
Klopp's side are unbeaten in the league and host Newcastle United on Wednesday (15:00 GMT kick-off).
"There's no celebration, no more happiness than before, only because now we are a few points ahead," he said.
"Obviously we have played a very good season so far and it gives us a much better basis for the second part of the season than we had last year.
"That's all. Nothing else."
The German manager said on Monday that "nobody should feel safe" in the Premier League title race and insisted Tottenham, Chelsea and Arsenal - who are third, fourth and fifth respectively - also remain in the hunt with 20 games to play.
In eight of the past 10 seasons, the leaders on Christmas Day have gone on to win the Premier League.
"A lot of things can happen," added Klopp. "Always in the moment you think you're OK - then something happens and it is not OK any more.
"We all have to fight. We all have to be focused, not nervous.
"If you want to have guarantees, go for another sport. If you want to enjoy the ride, to try everything you can to be as successful as possible - welcome. Let's go for it.
"I'm really relaxed. There's no extra pressure on us because of a four-point gap. These kind of poker games we do not play."
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Spurs are six points behind Liverpool after a 6-2 win at Everton on Sunday, with Chelsea and Arsenal 11 points behind the Reds.
Talking specifically about the Newcastle game and the crowd at Anfield, Klopp added: "Everyone's in Christmas mood, apart from us. We are not in a Christmas mood.
"Everyone in England wants Boxing Day games. Good. But don't be in a Christmas mood on Boxing Day - come in for those one and a half hours and and give us all that you have.
"We need again an exceptional atmosphere to beat a very difficult to beat team. Nothing is taken for granted. If you think that, then that's the moment things go wrong."
Good Luck Liverpool - carry on playing like you have been, and you will deserve to win the Premier League this season.
Like Man Utd, a team with a wonderful history.
Also, this team has experience of going far in champs league so understand the pressure of expectation
so lfc are a 1 man team?so salah is the reasoning behind lfc having the tightest defence in the premiership and without doing any research at all id take a punt and say they probably have conceeded less goals than any team in any top european league.your status stinks of jealousy,either that or you know absolutly nothing about football.man u fan by any chance??
Fact is anyone of those top 5 could do it and they know that and we know that. As a red who has seen all this before I’ll be happy to read about it a few games before the end. For now, I’ll enjoy the football on show.
No my friend. They live or come from Merseyside. Our worldwide supporters have supported us for decades through all the barren times. Who supported Man City or Chelsea before the money rolled in?
Hopefully City push us all the way & we deservedly lift the title in May. For now, enjoy the football. Bring on the Rafa!
Can we all just agree?
We hate Man U
But history is, well, history. Reality is here and now and my football reality is illustrated by the PL table.
The job, as JK unfailingly says, is to focus on the next match and do our best to win it.
I'm happy with that, especially with the way we are playing.