Jurgen Klopp on what he wants from Liverpool FC in 2019

Jurgen Klopp on what he wants from Liverpool FC in 2019

"I don't think Pep Guardiola will be too concerned about a four-point gap with 20 games left to play", said Hodgson, who was Liverpool manager in 2010-11.

Liverpool is well placed to end a frustrating 28-year wait for the top-flight title, but manager Juergen Klopp says he will be quick to make a move in next month's transfer window if his squad suddenly needs reinforcing.

Liverpool are now first in the point table with 4 more points than the defending champions Manchester City.

Nevertheless, Guardiola feels his side look stronger as they aim to achieve what no City team has done and win back-to-back Premier League crowns.

The 32-year-old was fully involved in training on Christmas Day ahead of the Boxing Day clash with Leicester, and is in contention to play a part in a match City need to win to try and stay in touch with Liverpool.

"The reality is these games are very hard so we've got to try and attack the games, I think that's our best form of defence". What we have to do it think about December 26 against Newcastle, let's try everything we have to win that game. We have to be focused.

Cardiff were thumped 5-1 at home by a re-energised Manchester United on Saturday but they remain just above the relegation zone in 17th place on 14 points, four points behind Palace.

"If you work in an office and your shoulder's not 100 percent - if it's not your writing hand it should be OK", Klopp asserted, adding, however, that "if you're a professional football player in this moment, it just keeps 10 or 15 percent away". Why should you even think about it? If I saw someone in a pre-match interview asking a player about May and stuff like that, I would take the mic and throw it somewhere. That's what we have to do against Newcastle again. It's a different team, a different time, everything was different. After that, Arsenal is coming. He was very successful, he was outstanding at Napoli, and won different things.

"Winning cups or the Champions League, that's six or seven games where you have to be good, but in the Premier League it can be every three days, which is why it's the title I like the most". But we knew he was still a world-class player but we had to wait a little bit.

Mauricio Pochettino last night challenged his Tottenham Hotspur team to show the consistency and fighting spirit to compete with Liverpool and Manchester City for the Premier League title.

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