Klopp surprised by 20-point gap to Man City
London: Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp believes Manchester City's stunning form since the Premier League restart underlines the achievement of his side in building a 20-point gap at the top of the table.
City's 5-0 demolition of Burnley on Monday, despite making eight changes from the side that beat Arsenal last week, means Liverpool cannot clinch a first league title for 30 years when they host Crystal Palace on Wednesday.
Liverpool could still be crowned champions this week though, should City fail to maintain their impressive form away at Chelsea on Thursday.
"What I realised when I watched the game last night is, how is it possibly anybody is 20 points ahead of this team? So we must have done some things pretty well," Klopp said at his pre-match videoconference.
"City is flying again, two games, eight goals is impressive but should not be a surprise. It's a quality side."
Liverpool did not get off to such a strong start as they drew 0-0 at Everton on Sunday to drop points for just the third time in the league this season.
The return of Mohamed Salah and Andy Robertson from injury should help Klopp's men rediscover their rhythm against Palace, who were the last visiting side to win a league match at Anfield, more than three years ago. - AFP