It isn’t just Manchester City that Liverpool will be concerned with on their way to the Premier League title. Tottenham Hotspur are also climbing the league and up into third place, just six points off the top.
This season’s title race is likely to give us the night sweats all the way to May. Liverpool are only one point above City. Pep Guardiola's side slipped up at Chelsea and grabbed their first loss of the season but it would be magnitudes of silly to believe that they’ve been knocked down. Liverpool have pulled ahead in the race for the moment and long may that run. City will be ready to pass anytime, though.
Dejan Lovren knows the threat of Manchester City to Liverpool’s title ambitions. Guardiola has too many talented footballers to mention and Kyle Walker.
“I’m not sure that they have any weaknesses,” said Lovren. “Last year they won by 19 points. They know how to manage even when they lose.
“They also lost one or two games last year. Still they managed to be 19 points ahead.
“It doesn’t mean anything. There are so many games in front of us and in front of them. It will be a tight race and it’s not only City. Tottenham is only a couple of points behind.
“You cannot sit and enjoy and say: ‘We have five or six points in front of everyone’. It doesn’t work like that. Every game for us is a final.”
The Croatian defender also echoed the sentiments of manager Jürgen Klopp when insisting that, while City’s strengths promise league drama for the duration, Liverpool will not be fixated on a single opponent.
“Look, there’s a competition,” Lovren said. “This is what we want, but we don’t look at who is in front of us or behind us.
“It’s just about us. It’s more about how we train, how we do on the pitch and the result will come. There are quite a lot of games still to go but we go game-by-game.
“City won on Saturday so on Sunday we had pressure. It can be from both ways a positive thing. We will not look back, we will just look forward.”
Halfway through the season, things are looking pretty good. But, you know, stay vigilant.