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Jurgen Klopp wary of rivals as Liverpool seek to hold on to lead in Premier League table

German manager taking nothing for granted despite four-point lead over Manchester City, as Liverpool prepare for Newcastle United game

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has the experience of winning league titles - in his native Germany while in charge at Borussia Dortmund. David Rogers / Getty Images
Liverpool manager Jurgen Kloppย has the experience of winning league titles - in his native Germany while in charge at Borussia Dortmund. David Rogers / Getty Images

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp insists no-one can feel safe in the Premier League title race โ€“ even with a four-point lead.

Klopp's unbeaten side top the table with Manchester City in second and Tottenham Hotspur six points off the pace in third. But the German knows nothing can be taken for granted, especially after watching Spurs' 6-2 demolition of Everton on Sunday.

"You [the media] make these stories about who is in and who is out," Klopp said on Monday. "I saw the game against Everton who played absolutely more than OK and then they [Spurs] hit pretty much everything and it was really impressive how Tottenham did."

Klopp added that he also felt Chelsea and Arsenal, fourth and fifth, who are both 11 points off Liverpool's tally of 48 points, are still very much title contenders in his mind.

"The same will happen to Arsenal and Chelsea," he added. "No decision is made, why should it be? Nobody should feel safe, no-one should feel out of the race. It is not a time to think about it.

"For me they [Tottenham] were never out so why should people be surprised they are now in? A lot of teams are in whatever you call the title race and that is how it should be.

"That is maybe only the difference to last year when pretty much nobody was in any more at this time and that is good for all supporters out there.

"Being unbeaten in the league until December is not something I had too often in my life. We did really well so far, and we have to do even better from now on. That's the challenge for us."

Tottenham Hotspur's Dele Alli celebrates after scoring against Everton on Sunday night. AP Photo
Tottenham Hotspur's Dele Alli celebrates after scoring against Everton on Sunday night. AP Photo

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In the previous 10 years only twice has the team top on December 25 not gone on to win the title. On both occasions it was Liverpool, in 2008 and 2014.

Of his squad only James Milner has experience of winning a title, with Manchester City in 2012 and 2014, but Klopp believes his players have already displayed the sort of character needed to remain in the race.

"I know that all players who have won the title at one time it was their first time," said Klopp, who won the Bundesliga title with Borussia Dortmund in 2011 and 2012.

"You don't know what is more important, is it experience, potential, attitude, desire or joy, being completely fresh having never had it before? You absolutely don't know and it's not important.

"Experience is always good if you are young enough to use it. We have to use all experience from the last games, especially from the last season, and that's much more important."

Klopp confirmed defender Trent Alexander-Arnold is back in training after a foot injury and is expected to return for the home match with Newcastle United on Wednesday.

Updated: December 24, 2018 06:41 PM

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