Liverpool went top of the Premier League for the first time in 30 months to
leave their supporters dreaming of a long-awaited title triumph, yet Jurgen
Klopp's message was to "stay cool".
After a 6-1 Anfield annihilation of Watford on Sunday, the Reds are at the
division's summit for the first time since a team blessed with the attacking
talent reminiscent of the current crop almost delivered a maiden Premier League
title to Merseyside, only to fall that term at the final hurdle.
The chance to go top again emerged after Arsenal's draw with Tottenham
earlier in the day and the opportunity, which Klopp claimed was never uttered
inside the dressing room walls pre-match, was gleefully taken thanks to a Sadio
Mane brace and goals from Philippe Coutinho, Emre Can, Roberto Firmino and
Yet even after seeing his men soar to the top of the pack, Klopp was urging
calm in a league where the top five are separated by just five points.
"If somebody thinks being one point ahead after 11 match days is a big sign
for the rest of the season then I can't help this person," Klopp said.
"We stay cool. It's the best position I can imagine but nothing else has
"We knew that Arsenal drew against Tottenham but we didn't speak one word
about the possibility of being top of the table.
"There's no pressure after 11 match days, absolutely no pressure. We saw
Chelsea yesterday, quite impressive, Man City playing Barcelona, quite
impressive. Man United – never write them off, Tottenham (are a) good side.
There's a lot of really good teams around.
16 purecontrol red "You can play a really good season and you could
be fifth or sixth and nobody would be really happy. Stay cool, take the things
like they are, play your best, win games, that's the only thing we can do.
"When I came here I asked for time and patience and belief, and after 11
match days everyone's asking for guarantees and they are not there. The only
thing we have is a pretty good football team."
It should have been considered one of the better performances of the Klopp
era against a team that had failed to concede in their previous three
Mane, Coutinho and Can all scored in 16 first-half minutes and it became a
matter of how many after the break, with substitute Daniel Sturridge also
hitting the woodwork twice.
However, Liverpool's manager only described his state as "happy" rather than
anything more jubilant.
"I'm really happy but thrilled … I need to have a little bit more," Klopp
legend white "It was a good performance against a difficult
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fg "They (his Liverpool players) have to (get better). I know how
it sounds. It's not that we have to score more, of course not.
"We could have done better but of course there are not a lot of things to
While the assessment of title credentials will not leave Klopp's lips at this
stage, his Hornets counterpart Walter Mazzarri was in little doubt about the
quality of the opposition he had just faced.
black Watford have faced Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United
this term, but, according to their boss, nobody is at the level of the new
soccer shoes "From the teams we've played there's no doubt it's the
team I'm most impressed with," Mazzarri said.
"If they continue like this they are number one in my list for winning the
Premier League. This is only from the teams I've played against."