Jurgen Klopp’s comments on Man City highlight final hurdle Liverpool must overcome

Jurgen Klopp has rejected the narrative that Liverpool and Manchester City will be the only two teams fighting it out for the Premier League title this season once again. Premier League teams have struggled to match the dominance from City and Liverpool over the past two seasons.

Pep Guardiola’s side romped to the title in the 2017/18 campaign, finishing 19 points ahead of Manchester United as they set a number of records along the way.

They managed to retain their title the following season with an equally impressive points tally of 98, although Liverpool pushed them all the way to the final game of the campaign as they finished just one point adrift.

The roles were reversed last season though as Liverpool knocked City off their perch to claim their first top flight league title in 30 years.

The Reds just missed out on matching City’s record of finishing the season with 100 points but their dominance over the past two years is clear to see.

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Liverpool and City are once again the favourites but City’s failure to keep up the pressure last season will act as a reminder to Klopp on how tough it is exactly to maintain their position at the top.

Liverpool’ tally of 196 over the past two seasons is only bettered by City, who managed 198 when they went back-to-back.

It’s already been predicted that the Premier League winners this season will likely finish on a much lower point’s tally than the previous three campaigns.

And Klopp expects more teams to challenge for the title as a result.

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“Yes, it always was (more than a two-horse race),” Klopp told Sky Sports.

“Until a specific point, it was last year for a very long time at least a three-horse race… Nothing is guaranteed.

“I don’t think about us as one of the two teams, I think about us as a team that has to do a lot of things right to be successful.

“If we look back at the previous two years, they were impressive for both teams… but that doesn’t mean this year we have the ticket to do it again, everybody has a chance.”

But in order for Klopp’s team to be recognised as one of the all-time greats, Liverpool may need to break away from the rest of the pack once again.

They’ve already recorded impressive wins over Chelsea and Arsenal and a win over City today would put them eight points clear of Guardiola’s side heading into the international break.

Klopp has already established himself in Anfield folklore by leading Liverpool to their first Premier League title, but he can establish himself as an all-time great if he does it in back-to-back seasons.

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