Jurgen Klopp insists the Premier League title race will not be solely between Liverpool and Manchester City, and says he sees no advantage in playing before the champions.
Liverpool welcome Arsenal to Anfield on Saturday evening, while City travel to Bournemouth on Sunday afternoon. Both matches will be shown live on Sky Sports.
City pipped the Reds to the title by just a point last season, but asked whether it is too soon to benefit from kicking off before Pep Guardiola’s men this weekend, Klopp told Sky Sports News:
“February is too early for that!
“I don’t care, to be honest. Last year in the last part of the season, we thought a little bit about it, but they were not really influenced by it and we weren’t really influenced.
“The more important thing for me is it’s not a two-horse race. If it was, we don’t even know if we would be the second horse.
“We have to show a lot again. It was the first time last year that we played a season like this – how can we take for granted that we will play like this again?
“There must be some space for us to improve. Nobody cares who plays first at the moment.”