Liverpool have a ten point lead on opponents Leicester City as well as a game in hand as they head into today’s match. They also have an eleven point advantage and game in hand over presumed title favourites Manchester City.
That doesn’t mean they can take it easy, though, not according to manager Jürgen Klopp. Not with the standard City have set in recent seasons, a standard that demands perfection—or something very close to it—to win the title.
“The Premier League has changed in the short time I have been in England,” Klopp said of the challenge of besting the big spenders from Manchester. “It is not allowed to lose games any more, not if you want to win the title.
“The reason for that is the consistency Manchester City have shown in the last three years. They have raised the bar massively and, to be honest, they have helped us by forcing us to try and catch up with them, [but] it is difficult.”
Difficult but, as things stand now, entirely in Liverpool’s hands given their advantage in the table. They just have to keep racking up the points, knowing that if they do even perfection the rest of the way won’t be enough for their chasers.
And so the goal is win. Win today against Leicester, then against Wolves, then against Sheffield to kick off the new year. Win and keep winning—and do it every three days. It’s a difficult task, but then, Klopp says, it should be.
“You have to be ready to win a football game every three days,” he added. “But winning the Premier League should be difficult.”