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Jürgen Klopp urges Liverpool to ‘enjoy the ride’ in race to end title drought

• Klopp says Liverpool should not fear Christmas advantage
• Trent Alexander-Arnold expected to be fit for Newcastle

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.

Liverpool have a four-point advantage following Manchester City’s surprise home defeat by Crystal Palace and have delivered the club’s best start to a season with 48 points from 18 unbeaten games. Only twice in the last 10 years have the team top of the league on Christmas Day not gone on to win the title and on both occasions it was Liverpool, in 2013-14 and 2008-09. Klopp insists the statistic is irrelevant to his team’s prospects in 2019 and that Liverpool’s attempt to win a 19th league championship should be embraced at Anfield.

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