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Klopp urging Liverpool to ‘stay cool’

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is urging his players to stay calm and collected after moving into the top spot in the standings over the weekend.

The Reds smashed Hull City 6-1 at Anfield on Sunday to move top of table as both Manchester City and Arsenal were held to draws. They now sit one point ahead of Chelsea, and two ahead of City and Arsenal. Klopp is happy to be in the lead, but won’t get ahead of himself.

“If somebody thinks being one point ahead after 11 match days is a big sign for the rest of the season then I can’t help this person,” Klopp said.

“We stay cool. It’s the best position I can imagine but nothing else has happened.

“We knew that Arsenal drew against Tottenham but we didn’t speak one word about the possibility of being top of the table.”

Liverpool have only lost once in the league this season, a 2-0 defeat away to Burnley, and is on a nine-game unbeaten streak in the league.

“There’s no pressure after 11 match days, absolutely no pressure,” Klopp said. “We saw Chelsea [on Saturday], quite impressive, [Manchester] City playing Barcelona, quite impressive. Man United – never write them off, Tottenham [are a] good side. There’s a lot of really good teams around.

“You can play a really good season and you could be fifth or sixth and nobody would be really happy. So, stay cool, take the things like they are, play your best, win games, that’s the only thing we can do.

“When I came here I asked for time and patience and belief, and after 11 match days everyone’s asking for guarantees and they are not there. The only thing we have is a pretty good football team.”

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