Wijnaldum: We knew title race would be hard

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Liverpool, of course, have not won the title since 1990 a run that has stretched the entirety of the course of the Premier League.

Liverpool are now locked in a title battle with defending champions Manchester City and Jurgen Klopp is one nervous man.

Him stressing that Liverpool "needed this" to get back to winning ways at the weekend is paramount, and with victory in the remaining 12 league games guaranteeing the title, it is what should be expected every time.

It's a case of splitting hairs right now but Liverpool still have the edge.

Liverpool still play fantastic football, probably not as eye-catching and blistering and goals galore as Manchester City do.

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I am of a blue persuasion when it comes to Merseyside football and so firstly I must stress how grateful I am for Manchester City.

Manchester United (a rejuvenated, hungry, attacking Manchester United) v Liverpool is massive and will have a huge sway on proceedings.

"The scarves, the flags, the banners: it was something that I hadn't really experienced".

The games themselves are quite a contrast in the top two tiers as, typically, when a team near the bottom of the Premier League visits a side near the top, they go there looking for a point with their main goal being to frustrate their opponents by parking the bus.

Liverpool have a history of letting things slip and their trips to Old Trafford and Goodison Park now have added narrative.

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They are, however, sat second in the table at present, with defending champions City back at the summit.

"People say it's disappointing the draws we have had - yes, it is, we would like to win - but all in all, hopefully at the end of the season we can look back and say they are good draws with the circumstances". Last season the Champions League went well and we dropped a lot of points in the league. They are cracking opponents' heads open and feasting on the goo inside.

It was a convincing win for the Reds nevertheless with Mane scoring his fourth straight goal in four consecutive appearances for Liverpool; a true display of consistency which his squad needs the most during this time in the league.

Jürgen Klopp's side have an average of 1.71 points against the other Big Six sides this season - City's is 2.38 - and they have Manchester United, Chelsea and Spurs to play. He has grabbed games by the scruff of the neck and has been a champion player. They are just unstoppable.

It is plain to see the Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp still believes in the former RB Leipzig player, as he has been in the starting line-up for the last four games.

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