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Andros Townsend scored a brilliant goal against Manchester City

A Manchester City fan could not believe they lost to Crystal Palace at home [Courtesy] Last Christmas, Manchester City were able to relax in the comfort of a 13-point lead in the Premier League but, after two defeats in three games, the festive mood of Pep Guardiola's team will be tinged with a little anxiety this year.

Jürgen Klopp has said Liverpool should "enjoy the ride" of pursuing a first Premier League title since 1990 and not fear the pressure of leading the race at Christmas.

The German manager said on Monday that "nobody should feel safe" in the Premier League title race and insisted Tottenham, Chelsea and Arsenal - who are third, fourth and fifth respectively - also remain in the hunt with 20 games to play. "If they beat Manchester City, they'll be favourites by a long way".

The Spaniard's new formation will be put through a serious test at table-topping Liverpool on Boxing Day, with the free-scoring Reds looking to build on their four-point advantage.

"I don't think he will be concerned about that and he'll know that no matter how Liverpool play they will come up against a game like this". Obviously we play a very good season so far and it gives us a much better basis for the second part of the season than we had a year ago.

"We just need to do it when we cross the white line".

Speaking about Pochettino, he added: "The biggest compliment I can give him is that he improves players".

Crystal Palace’s Andros Townsend scored a stunning goal at the Etihad
Crystal Palace’s Andros Townsend scored a stunning goal at the Etihad

"We play the next match quickly and we have to keep together and realise how we achieved results before".

"I'm really relaxed. There's no extra pressure on us because of a four-point gap".

"We've found the games against Tottenham hard", said Howe, whose team travel to Manchester United following the Spurs clash. His career at Liverpool should come to a close as quickly as possible. We have to be focused.

Klopp expects former Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez to receive a warm welcome when he returns to Anfield for the fifth time as a visiting team manager. Why should you even think about it? "We smelled a bit of it last season how it could be".

"The other teams, you can see the challenge".

Benitez, who won the 2005 Champions League with Liverpool, has endured a hard season with Newcastle, who are 15th in the league and five points clear of the bottom three. I realise in the moment I have not enough English words to explain to you all to relax. "Don't think because we have that amount of points and Newcastle have that amounts of points [we will win]. There are a few of them out there and they can win things without the ideal attitude, but usually no chance without that".

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