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Big match focus - Klopp and Tuchel analyze Chelsea-Liverpool clash

Klopp said his side cannot even think about being able to catch Premier League leaders Manchester City if they put in more performances like their showing against Leicester City.

Update:

Third-placed Liverpool are one point behind Chelsea, who are second, with a game in hand with both sides set to meet at Stamford Bridge on 2 January.

Leaders Manchester City are eight points ahead of Chelsea and Klopp said that despite their healthy advantage halfway through the season there was still a lot to play for.

"When you have this kind of close (title) fight, especially with a consistent team like City who aren't fazed by covid or injuries - they're in a good moment - but you cannot win the league properly in the winter. It's unlikely," Klopp said.

"But what they (City) have now is a gap, it's absolutely deserved for them, but let's just give it a go. Only one team can be champions.

"There's a decisive moment in April, there you have to be close enough to give it a proper go. We'll see where we are then. From now to then ... so many games to play, so many different competitions to play."

Tuchel pre-game

The Chelsea manager spent much of pre-game press conference answering questions on Lukaku's commnets on Sky Italia with the German angry stating: "we don't like it of course. It brings noise that we don't need and it's not helpful," Tuchel told reporters ahead of Chelsea's home match against Liverpool on Sunday. "But we don't want to make more out of it than it actually is.

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