Monday, September 16, 2019

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says Manchester City are the best team in the world.

Liverpool are top of the Premier League table after a perfect start to their campaign and are five points clear of reigning champions City.

But Klopp believes City - who have averaged 99 points in the last two Premier League seasons - are still superior to his Liverpool side.

"We cannot be the best team in Europe because Manchester City are the best team in the world - and that is the same planet I've heard," Klopp said ahead of Liverpool's Champions League opener against Napoli.

"There are a lot of good teams out there and you have to prove that [you are up there with the best] constantly.

"Last year, we were really good. I'm not sure we were the best team in Europe, but we were really good in the right moments and that's why we won the Champions League."

Liverpool beat Tottenham 2-0 in last season's Champions League final in Madrid to win their sixth European title, but Klopp says his team will not feel burdened by heading into this season's competition as champions.

"We don't feel the burden because I don't know exactly how that should feel to be honest," said the German.

"It's long ago. Three or four months. The question keeps coming up about whether teams will play differently against us. I have no clue to be honest.

"I never went into a Champions League season, winning the Champions League the year before, so we will experience that [together for the first time]. I hope we are prepared for that."


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