Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has played down his side’s title chances after their 2-0 victory over Crystal Palace gave them a second successive Premier League win, but he says that it is too early to call.
A penalty from James Milner and another strike from Sadio Mane wrapped up the points in injury time for Liverpool in the the Monday’s clash.
“It’s very early. I couldn’t care less really,” Klopp said during his post match interview after the game.
“We are not in a race with other Premier League teams each weekend. I was not 100% sure tonight in the first half that we would score.
“You have to play it as it is and be a real challenger, play ugly, do all that type of stuff. Our target is to be a difficult opponent.
“It is too strong to say anything after two match days. You can discuss whatever you want – just do it without us.”
He also praises Crystal Palace for their efforts despite the defeat.
“They play a system, they play all the time with high-quality players. They are a really good football team with a simple, but clear plan. They tried to cause us problems with the long balls. I don’t know a lot of centre-backs in the world who can deal with Christian Benteke like Virgil van Dijk did tonight.
“It was difficult for us to be completely safe in this situation, but we were there and we helped each other avoid big problems. It was not a brilliant performance – our full-backs can play 70 or 80% better – but I’m very happy with the result.”
Liverpool host Brighton & Hove Albion on Saturday while Crystal Palace travel to the Vicarage Road to take on Watford on Sunday.