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Saturday 7 December 2019

Klopp: no talk of title

Liverpool striker Mohamed Salah
Liverpool striker Mohamed Salah

Jurgen Klopp says he's fed up being asked about his side's title challenge and insists the league race will look after itself.

The Reds return from the international break, possibly with Mo Salah fit again, for today's game away to Crystal Palace.

A win would allow them retain their eight-point lead but Klopp says now is not the time to worry about the championship.

"We don't think about the title race. The biggest challenge for us is constantly facing questions about it," he said.

"After that it is completely normal season. We never made it the season where we have to win the league.

"We play as good as we can, try to get as many points as we can and the challenges are the 26 games we have to play - and the next one is Crystal Palace.

"These challenges are big enough so we don't need any others and we don't think about anything else."

Klopp says he will assess the fitness of Salah.

"We have to be sensible with things like this. We have to make a decision."

Former Reds boss Roy Hodgson wants to make life tough for his old club.

"I think they're in a great position and they must be very happy to be eight points clear after 12 games," the Palace manager said.

"I believe it is 29 league games unbeaten so they're on a fantastic run.

"They will understand there are a lot of games to go and I am certainly very anxious that we will make it very difficult for them."

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