It’s only November, but already the prospect of a first Liverpool championship seems closer than it has in 30 years. After an emphatic 3-1 victory over Manchester City on Sunday, Liverpool now has a nine-point gap over the two-time defending champions.
- “That’s crazy. Nine points, you can’t imagine that happening,” Klopp said. “But it’s not important, because who wants to be first in November?”
- The challenge for Klopp now is to figure how to keep his team on track with so much runway ahead of it. There is a December with up to nine games on the schedule, including a trip to the Club World Cup in Qatar. There is what Liverpool hopes to be a deep Champions League run to come next spring. And there is the unmistakable pressure of a city so starved for a league championship that an entire generation of players have folded under the pressure.