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Klopp Dismisses Title Talk

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says he has no interest in talking about the Premier League title race just two games into the season.

The Reds dismantled West Ham 4-0 in their opening league game of the campaign before going on to battle past Crystal Place on Monday night with a 2-0 victory.

Goals from James Milner and Sadio Mane ensured the Reds maintained their perfect start to the season and join reigning champions Manchester City level at the top of the Premier League table.

When asked if Liverpool had sent a ‘statement’ to Pep Guardiola’s side in terms of the title race, Klopp was adamant he has no interest at all regarding title talk in August.

The former Borussia Dortmund boss said: “I couldn’t care less really. We are not in a race with other Premier League teams each weekend.”

“It is too strong to say anything after two match days. You can discuss whatever you want – just do it without us.”

Speaking about the performance against the Eagles on Monday night, Klopp reserved special praise for centre-back Virgil van Dijk.

The Netherlands international looked like a confident presence at the back and Klopp feels the defender is justifying the money Liverpool splashed in January to bring him from Southampton to Anfield.

“Virgil’s performance was really, really good,” Klopp added. “Quality costs a specific price. Cars are like that. Lots of things are like that. Players too.”

“Nobody thinks about that now, which is good. In this market at the moment, he’s at least worth it even if it’s not too cheap. He loves playing with these boys.”

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