Jurgen Klopp considers Chelsea as favorites to win the Premier League – but Liverpool are yet to overlook their title rivals.
After 10 games, the Reds are behind Tottenham Hotspur on goal difference at the top of the table ahead of Sunday’s Wolverhampton Wanderers visit.
While Liverpool were six points clear at the same stage from last season, this season they have had to contend with a condensed fixture list and a barrage of injuries.
Nevertheless, Klopp believes his players maintain the attitude that served them well in ending the club’s 30-year wait for the title in July.
“I don’t feel we are persecuting anyone at the moment or someone is persecuting us,” said the Reds boss.
“I find Tottenham are doing quite well. Chelsea to me at the moment look like the favorite with a bigger squad and after a bit of a rusty start they are now full. They have incredible opportunities to change the team from one game to another.
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“We watch them but we don’t go after them. We play them when we play them. That’s how we saw it last season as well.
“The pressure is there but it’s about yourself, how much you think about that. The pressure is there to win a game.
“Our pressure is that we want to win against Wolves, but we only play against Wolves and nobody else.”
For the first time since 2017, no club has opened up an early gap at the top of the Premier League table.
And Klopp believes the unique circumstances surrounding the season mean that there is little point in assessing the stands until they are much deeper into the campaign.
“It’s far too early to think about who’s in front of who,” he said.
“This season is just a situation, it’s not about setting a target and going for it.
“It’s about getting through with the best football you can play and that’s what we’re trying to do.
“It’s different from midweek to weekend at times because of certain circumstances.
“But the target for us is always to focus fully on the next game and the next opponent and don’t think, especially not this early in the season, about other consequences.”