Jurgen Klopp tells Liverpool to ‘stay cool’ after reaching top spot

Jurgen Klopp has urged his Liverpool side to “stay cool” after they reached the Premier League summit for the first time this season.The Reds produced a sensational performance on Super Sunday, thumping Watford 6-1 at Anfield to move above their title rivals into top spot.

It is the first time Liverpool have occupied top spot since May 2014, when their quest for a first league title since 1990 eluded them on the final day of the season.

But the Liverpool manager has warned his side their early season form counts for nothing, and insisted that it is far too soon to judge their title credentials.

“If somebody thinks being one point ahead after 11 match days is a big sign for the rest of the season then I can’t help this person,” Klopp said.

“We stay cool. It’s the best position I can imagine but nothing else has happened.

“We knew that Arsenal drew against Tottenham but we didn’t speak one word about the possibility of being top of the table.”

Sadio Mane scored twice as Liverpool swept Watford aside, with Philippe Coutinho, Emre Can, Roberto Firmino and Georginio Wijnaldum also on target.

Liverpool have lost just one match this season and the victory over the Hornets stretched their unbeaten run in all competitions to 12 games.

On their league form, Klopp added: “There’s no pressure after 11 match days, absolutely no pressure. We saw Chelsea [on Saturday], quite impressive, [Manchester] City playing Barcelona, quite impressive. Man United – never write them off, Tottenham [are a] good side. There’s a lot of really good teams around.

“You can play a really good season and you could be fifth or sixth and nobody would be really happy. So, stay cool, take the things like they are, play your best, win games, that’s the only thing we can do.

“When I came here I asked for time and patience and belief, and after 11 match days everyone’s asking for guarantees and they are not there. The only thing we have is a pretty good football team.”