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Pool extend lead but Klopp staying calm

 

Good advantage: Jurgen Klopp
Good advantage: Jurgen Klopp
Adam McKendry

By Adam McKendry

Liverpool received a late Christmas present when they saw their lead at the top of the Premier League extended to six points after they beat Newcastle at Anfield, and Manchester City slipped up at Leicester.

While goals from Dejan Lovren, Mo Salah, Xherdan Shaqiri and Fabinho ensured a dominant 4-0 Boxing Day win for the Reds, nearest rivals City suffered their first back-to-back losses in two years in a 2-1 reverse at Leicester.

Indeed, after their 5-0 victory over Bournemouth, Tottenham Hotspur are now the closest challengers to Klopp's men having leapfrogged Pep Guardiola's City into second place.

But Klopp insists that lead means very little in the context of the entire season.

"(The lead) means nothing. We play Arsenal and City," he said. "I had no idea how any other teams were playing, I didn't even know where they were playing.

"Afterwards I got the results and I can say it didn't do a lot for me. It is just information. It's good that we have six points more than other teams, or seven, but that is pretty much all."

Guardiola admitted his squad has been shaken by the back-to-back losses. "We have to except the reality. It's happened, accept it and try to win again for our confidence," he said.

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