Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says his side ‘cannot start a party’ yet despite guaranteeing their place at the top of the Premier League table for Christmas Day – claiming it might take 105 points for them to be there after 38 games.
According to talkSPORT, Klopp said: “Was it ever such a tight race? If all the other guys win when they play then three or four teams have more than 40 points at Christmas.
“That’s really exceptional. So far it looks like a real special season – it is up there. To have 48 points mid-December is just crazy. At the end of the season, you need 105 [points] to be champion – it could be.”
Beating Wolves last night was a significant hurdle to overcome – one which Manchester City could only draw in – and to keep a clean sheet and score two high-quality goals in the process was another small step in the title hunt.
Klopp, like everyone else, though, knows that nothing is won in December.
He added: “Everybody asks me about the situation and says that the last four times, the team that was top at Christmas won the league.
“We cannot start a party. The boys showed they are ready for these difficult games. One of the most difficult games of the season and we won it.”
Excitement will continue to build around the Reds from fans – understandably and rightly so – but the manager and the players must keep focused.
If indeed it does take 105 points to win the league, then we have the capability of getting that record total. With Virgil van Dijk at the back and Mo Salah up top, you just never know – we will certainly be there or thereabouts.