Better Things Around The Corner For Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool

Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp gives directions to his players during the English Premier League soccer match between Liverpool and Manchester City at Anfield stadium

The Reds had won the last four meetings with City in the Premier League at Anfield and knocked Pep Guardiola's men out of the Champions League last season. I have learned a few things from him but it is just the start.

"I knew it before", said Klopp when quizzed if Liverpool have to beat more than City to land a first title in 29 years.

City's Riyad Mahrez blazed a penalty kick over the crossbar five minutes from time at Anfield on Sunday as Liverpool remained unbeaten at home in the league since April 2017.

They have taken data from City's opening eight league fixtures, against Arsenal (a), Huddersfield (h), Wolves (a), Newcastle (h), Fulham (h), Cardiff (a), Brighton (h) and Liverpool (a).

"We were close more than ever to win here".

The champions are one point better off and are creating 20% more chances. Every team in the Premier League wants that, but it's only for a few of them.

Games against Tottenham Hotspur, Paris Saint-Germain, Southampton, Chelsea (twice), Napoli and then City provided stern tests of the Reds' early-season mettle. Nor is it indicative of Jurgen Klopp having cheerleaders where Mourinho has critics.

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"We made it hard for them and they made it hard for us at times but that's how it is. That is what Jurgen feels and the players build, and in that situation they are much better".

'We were very strong and we showed that we can do both - we can have the ball but be strong as well, ' said Mahrez, who played a key role in occupying attacking left-back Andy Robertson.

They were the top two teams in the Premier League heading into this clash and the feeling of respect was palpable during the entire 90 minutes on Sunday at Anfield.

Yet he was typically tough on himself after gifting the late penalty by diving in on substitute Leroy Sane, with the towering centre half insisting it is lesson he must learn swiftly.

"Both teams did well, and we were a bit lucky with the penalty of course".

But when I watch the Gunners, I don't see a team that can challenge for the title.

Even more positively for the Reds, with the worldwide break kicking off this week, the club do not have another game until the 20th of October against Huddersfield at the Kirklees Stadium. But we have to make sure we manage it until the end of the season to keep it like this.

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