Jurgen Klopp Chelsea as favorites to win the Premier League – but Liverpool Liverpool ignore their title rivals.
After 10 games, the Reds are behind Tottenham Hotspur on the goal difference at the top of the table before Sunday’s visit of Wolverhampton wanderers.
While Liverpool were six points clear at the same stage last season, this term they have to deal with a condensed list and a barrage of injuries.
Nevertheless Klopp believes his players keep the attitude they served them well to finish the club’s 30-year wait for the title in July.
“I do not feel that we are chasing anyone at the moment or someone is chasing us,” said the Reds boss.
“I see that Tottenham are doing pretty well. Chelsea are for me at the moment as the favorite with a bigger squad and yet a rusty start is now completely in. They have unbelievable opportunities to change the team from one game to another.
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“We watch them but we don’t chase them. We play them when we play them. So we saw that too last season.
“The pressure is there but it’s about yourself, how much you think of that. The pressure is there to win a game.
“Our pressure is that we want to win against wolves, but we’re just playing against wolves and nobody else.”
For the first time since 2017, no club has opened an early gap at the top of the Premier League table.
And Klopp believes that the unique circumstances around the season mean that there is little point in assessing the standings until much deeper into the campaign.
“It is much too early to think about what is for whom,” he said.
“It’s just a situation this season, it’s not about setting a goal and going for it.
“It’s about getting this with the best possible football you can play and that’s what we’re trying to do.
“It’s different from midweek to weekend because of some circumstances.
“But the goal for us is always to be fully focused on the next game and the next opponent and not think, especially not so early in the season, about other results.”