Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has admitted that both Manchester City and Manchester United are in good shape to challenge for the Premier League crown this term.
The Mancunian pair are currently tied on points at the top of the table, having gone unbeaten with identical records.
Prior to the Reds’ League Cup against Leicester City, Klopp was asked to comment on the superb starts made by United and City, for which he said: “I watched United and City, but it’s not my job to count points. They are in a good shape but a season is like this. As long as your attitude is right then you do not need to look at other teams. It’s not a surprise that City and United are in [the title race]. I cannot always say what everybody wants to hear.‘If I am fine with a lot of things then I say it and a lot of people do not want to hear it.”
Manchester United have enjoyed a fairly easy ride in the Premier League this term, and they have yet to face any of the big sides. On the other hand, Manchester City thrashed Liverpool by a 5-0 scoreline earlier in the month, and they are regarded as the favourites to secure the English crown.
Liverpool have gone through three winless games in the Premier League and Champions League, but Klopp will get the opportunity to put things right this week as he faces a double-header at Leicester City. The Reds make the visit to the King Power Stadium for a League Cup game on Tuesday night before they face off against each other in the Premier League on Saturday.
Klopp has already confirmed a couple of potential starters for the game with third-choice goalkeeper Danny Ward a certainty to feature between the sticks ahead of Simon Mignolet and Loris Karius.