Jurgen Klopp refusing to take Premier League advantage for granted

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Jurgen Klopp refusing to take Premier League advantage for granted

Liverpool wrapped up 2018 with a 5-1 hammering of Arsenal and Reds boss Jurgen Klopp insists his will need keep their focus heading in to the New Year.

Liverpool defender Andy Robertson was quickly turning his attention to the game against Manchester City on Thursday as he suggested it was an opportunity to open up a huge gap at the top of the table.

"We stayed clam and really forced the mistakes".

"In our case, by the way, tomorrow it will be seven and when we play against Man City it could be four".

"I'm not famous for not being a positive person", Klopp said. That's really nothing. It's absolutely not important how much points you are ahead in December, even in the end of December.

Klopp has so far done a good job of keeping a lid on title talk, but with the tide turning further in his side's favour this weekend he knows if will be more hard - especially if they get a result at the Etihad Stadium. "We lost the balance", the Arsenal manager said, after confirming Mesut Özil missed the game because of a knee injury. "We were aware of the Tottenham result ahead of this game, but we can't allow that to affect us". "We spoke in the dressing room - it's another experience for us". Just see it (the result) and then go on.

"An example, in the moment it feels like a marathon is what we are running", Klopp said. Before the marathon: the weather is brilliant, new trainers, new shirt, new everything. "Maybe we can do one balance, one mix between [the previous] draw and this result today". We have to run.

He told BT Sport: 'Three years ago we [Sevilla] played against Liverpool in the Champions League and now last year they played in the final of the Champions League.

The Gunners took the lead after only 11 minutes as Ainsley Maitland-Niles scored from Alex Iwobi's cross.

Jurgen Klopp said he "almost cried" when Mohamed Salah let Roberto Firmino take Liverpool's second penalty to complete his hat-trick in Saturday's 5-1 demolition of Arsenal. "Mo Salah gave the penalty to Bobby and I nearly cried because we all know how much Mo wants to score goals", added Klopp.

"In the moment I was not too happy because in training Bobby doesn't finish with penalties too often, to be honest, but obviously today it was his day and absolutely OK". "From time to time I try to enjoy life". I don't know a lot of players who would do that.

He reckons he would make an immediate improvement to Unai Emery's Arsenal side.

"It's a hard moment for us", said Arsenal boss Unai Emery, whose side could slip five points adrift of the top four if Chelsea win at Crystal Palace on Sunday.

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