Premier League

Klopp: There are eight teams in the Premier League title race

The Liverpool boss is expecting one of the most tightly contested championship battles in years in the English top flight

10:41am on Friday 20th November 2020
Martin Macdonald

Jurgen Klopp believes there is as many as eight teams who could challenge for the Premier League title in 2020/21.

The opening eight matches or so in the new season have been bizarre to say the least, with a raft of more goals being scored as well as a string of shocking results, no more so than when Aston Villa defeated Liverpool 7-2.

The flurry of surprising scorelines has left just three points separating Leicester City in first and Aston Villa in sixth.

The Foxes currently lead the table after winning six out of their opening eight, while losing the other two.

Liverpool, meanwhile, are third after winning five, drawing two, and losing one.

The top eight currently consists of Leicester, Tottenham, Liverpool, Southampton, Chelsea, Aston Villa, Everton, and Crystal Palace.

Big-hitters like Man City, Arsenal, and Man Utd are further down.

Although not naming the teams, Klopp reckons there are eight contenders for the title this year.

"[I think there could be up to] eight", the former Dortmund boss replied when asked by the Mail how many teams could be involved.

"An open race? I have no problem with that. That's absolute fine."

Not only did Liverpool win the Premier League for the first time last season, but they were also chasing records, just missing out on a three-digit points tally after finishing on 99.

Klopp has no interest in records like that this campaign, however, and just wants to win, saying a championship win in 2021 could eclipse the achievements of last season.

"[I'm] sorry to say this but I couldn't care less in this moment," the German said with regards to points totals.

"It doesn’t look like somebody will get 100 or whatever. In this season? Four weeks shorter? Same amount of games? I don’t think it’s possible. Even 87 looks far away.

"[But] if we were to win it this year it would be a big achievement to be honest. Maybe a bigger one [than last season]. That’s what I love about the Premier League: there are so many contenders.

"Our start was not so bad. Yes, we had a special game against Aston Villa [in defeat]. Maybe we needed that. We’ve used it. [We have] Leicester on Sunday. Let’s see [how we do]."

With the international break now over, Liverpool take on league leaders Leicester this Sunday evening.

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