Klopp is ‘smiley’ and calm - Liverpool defender Robertson

Klopp is ‘smiley’ and calm – Liverpool defender Robertson

Klopp calm despite Liverpool pressure: Robertson

The games themselves are quite a contrast in the top two tiers as, typically, when a team near the bottom of the Premier League visits a side near the top, they go there looking for a point with their main goal being to frustrate their opponents by parking the bus.

Many years down the line, Liverpool's 3-0 home win against Eddies Howe's Bournemouth may not join the illustrious list of famous Anfield matches, however, if Liverpool do go onto win the title come May, many may see this as a huge turning point for Jurgens Klopp's men.

"On my side, I thought that Naby was excellent", Robertson told Liverpool's website. I didn't train on Friday and I didn't sleep at the hotel either because they thought I might infect other players.

"The manager called me and said 'Do you think you can play?' I said I was as positive as I can". In the morning I was still weak and had diarrhoea.

"But even at half-time I had to run off to get to the toilet". It is hard [competing with City] but we already knew from the beginning that it would be hard.

It also suggests that they feel the tension coming from the stands as much as we all do, but the trick is how that can be harnessed. Look no further than Aston Villa if you want a Championship classic because they have been part of multiple results ending 3-3 and they were part of the game of the season so far against Nottingham Forest, which finished 5-5. If City are going to win back-to-back titles I think they can look towards the last month and think about his influence, he has been outstanding.

It means Liverpool fly to Marbella on Monday for warm weather training with their season firmly back on track. They need their front three firing at different stages of the season, and this post-New Year period, is certainly the Senegalese star's time. "I think we can play both", he said.

Championship football has often been referred to as the breeding ground for young English talent, with Premier League sides sending their best prodigies away from the big time in return for some first-team minutes at lesser clubs.

It's not just the title that's up for grabs in the Championship either because the team that finishes second gets automatic promotion to the Premier League, with positions third to sixth competing in a play-off for promotion.

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