Jurgen Klopp does not believe Manchester City are cracking under the pressure of Liverpool’s ferocious pace at the top of the Premier League.
The Reds will celebrate Christmas with a four-point lead over the reigning champions following recent defeats for Pep Guardiola’s side against Chelsea and Crystal Palace.
Both of those reverses came when Liverpool had played earlier that weekend and won against Bournemouth and Wolves respectively.
But Klopp baulked at the idea that City are struggling to respond to his still unbeaten side – pointing to the overall quality of their performances in what he felt were ill-deserved results.
“You saw the two games they played? It didn’t look like they felt a lot of pressure.
They were outstanding in these games,” he told a news conference to preview the Boxing Day clash with Newcastle United at Anfield .
“If you don’t finish off your chances against Chelsea you can lose. They were the better team this game
“Crystal Place did an outstanding job and scored outstanding goals. That always makes life uncomfortable.
“It [means] absolutely nothing. It’s difficult to win football games, sometimes it works out and sometimes it doesn’t.
“They were just a bit unlucky in these two games and this happens from time to time.”
City host Liverpool on January 3 and the gap between Guardiola’s men in second and Tottenham in third is narrower than the one between themselves and Liverpool after Spurs’ resounding 6-2 win at Everton on Sunday. (Goal)