Former Liverpool Manager Expects Klopp's Reds To Slip Up

Liverpool enjoyed the early Christmas present of a shock defeat for Manchester City to move four points clear at the top and further raise hopes their near three-decade wait to win the title could come to an end in May.

After Crystal Palace delivered the biggest upset of the Premier League's Christmas period so far by handing Manchester City their second defeat of the season, the Eagles manager Roy Hodgson believes it is only a matter of time until Liverpool start slipping up in the title race.

After a Boxing day date with former manager Rafael Benitez, Liverpool will host Unai Emery's Arsenal on Saturday (29 December).

"Like you expect, everything what I can say about our players I will say inside the dressing room", he added.

The draw that pitted Klopp's men against Bayern Munich in the Champions League last-16 could have been worse and I bet the Bavarians were keen to avoid Liverpool, as they were the strongest of the teams that finished second in the group stages and have a track record of success in the knockout stages of this competition.

"We need his link-up play, but he is still with the desire and the speed over the first few yards".

"It was a special performance", he told Crystal Palace TV. But we knew he was still a world-class player but we had to wait a little bit.

The manner in which Guardiola saw his squad bounce back from such bumps in the road - including a 4-3 reverse at Anfield - means he feels they have the capacity to deal with the challenges ahead.

"We've found the games against Tottenham hard", said Howe, whose team travel to Manchester United following the Spurs clash.

"But if we think we have to beat these teams which have spent 100 million pounds (US$126m), every one of them, during the summer, if we think we can beat them easily every game, no chance". We have to be focused.

"If you are satisfied with something then you must be a genius".

"Of course we dropped points, that happens, but after that we were always there, which was the most remarkable thing and what I give the most importance". We have to think about Newcastle. If you think about another game then it's only for motivation, like Tottenham on Sunday: 'Everybody is talking about City and Liverpool, let's see that happens.' That's a nice situation. It's a nice and pretty good situation, but a lot of other teams have good situations as well, that's it. But it's not about that.

'If you think after 300 metres "I have him" then you are silly and you will never win. I am for sure the reason for a few things that are not that good because I am far away from being ideal, but my experience or not experience will not be key.

  • Stacy Allen