Jurgen Klopp reveals how he reacted to Manchester City’s victory over Arsenal

Jurgen Klopp looks on in training ahead of Liverpool's Merseyside derby clash with Everton in the Premier League
Jurgen Klopp’s side are preparing to face Merseyside rivals Everton this weekend (Picture: Getty)

Jurgen Klopp says Manchester City’s victory over Arsenal highlighted the current strength of Liverpool’s Premier League rivals and proved to him that it will be a near-impossible task emulating the same level of dominance that Manchester United enjoyed under Sir Alex Ferguson.

Goals from Raheem Sterling, Kevin De Bruyne and Phil Foden secured a comprehensive 3-0 win for City at an empty Etihad on Wednesday night but Pep Guardiola’s champions are still 22 points adrift of leaders Liverpool.

While the Reds look certain to end their painful 30-year wait for the title, Klopp is remaining grounded about the situation and has been quick to rubbish any comparisons to some of the great teams of the past.

Raheem Sterling and Phil Foden celebrate as Manchester City beat Arsenal
City swept Arsenal aside at the Etihad in their first game back (Picture: Getty)

The German predicts the likes of City, United and Chelsea will all be ready to provide stiff competition next season, with the Premier League stronger than it ever has been among the top teams.

‘I don’t think it is possible to dominate anymore, to be honest,’ the Liverpool head coach said ahead of this weekend’s Merseyside derby.

‘United had a pretty good combination, with an exceptional manager with a super eye for players and fantastic timing for how long you need a player in the team.

‘The replacements he got were always exceptional — and there was the money, too. The combination for United was really good. We must have done something right, obviously, until now. But we have to do these things — and probably even more — to stay successful.

‘And believe me, the others will not stop. United will strike back and Chelsea are on the front foot in the transfer market while no-one else has done anything because the times are so uncertain.

‘And when I saw Manchester City beat Arsenal, I asked how is it possible we have 22 more points than them?’

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Ancelotti’s side play host to Liverpool at Goodison Park on Sunday evening (Picture: Getty)

Liverpool will be confident of extending their lead over City with a victory over bitter rivals Everton on Sunday but Carlo Ancelotti insists his side are 100 per cent focussed for the clash.

‘We know that on Sunday we are going to play a very important game, so now we can say we have a 100 per cent focus,’ the Everton manager said.

‘The players improved their aerobic conditions a lot since we started to have open training on the full pitch and in the past ten days made a lot of progress.’

On Everton choosing to train at Goodison Park ahead of the match, Ancelotti said: ‘It was organised to give the players the feeling of being at Goodison Park without the crowd. To check the pitch, with the new grass.

‘It was a good training session and the intensity of the game was good.

‘We have to improve but we are using this week to do that and prepare the team as best as possible.’

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