If there’s anything Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp hates doing, it’s looking too far ahead to the future and celebrating success before it’s won.
And, as usual, he has preached calm and focus on the task in hand, rather than getting too excited about the league title in December.
Talking of the nine point lead Liverpool have at the top of the league, the boss told Sky Sports that “in our case, by the way, tomorrow [assuming City win] it will be seven and when we play against Man City it could be four. It’s possible.
“I’m not the smartest person in the world but I’m really not an idiot - not always, at least. It’s absolutely not important how many points you are ahead in December, even in the end of December.”
He also discussed the positive news about another title rival, Spurs, losing to Wolves earlier in the day, and insisted it is not a concern for his side.
“Before the game we heard because it was on all the screens about the result of Tottenham. Did you think the party started already? I didn’t see a smile on any faces in the dressing room. Just see it [the result] and then go on.
“In the moment it feels like a marathon what we are running. Before the marathon: the weather is brilliant, new trainers, new shirt, new everything.
”The people say, ‘You will win today’ but first I have to run. The people all around us are buzzing and one guy has to run. We have to run. That’s what we try as good as possible.”
He also discussed the gesture of Mohamed Salah to allow Roberto Firmino to win his hat trick by taking the second penalty, adding that “2018 ends with a Christmas present from Mo Salah. I love it, the gesture, giving the ball to Bobby so he can score a hat trick.
“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.
”It worked so it was one of the nicest things I ever saw in my life. I don’t know a lot of players who would do that. So far, the gesture of the season.”