sport news There's method in Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp's madness

It can get lonely out in front, so Jurgen Klopp keeps being told. Leading the pack, rather than chasing it, comes with a different burden and many wonder how Liverpool will cope.

Pep Guardiola, for one, has wasted no time in publicly pointing out how the atmosphere changed for Manchester City last February when it became apparent his team were going to win the title. It is, of course, a tactic to turn up the heat on Klopp and his players.

History is laced with episodes of leaders faltering in the Premier League. No footballing story is more famous than the one of Newcastle in 1996, when overhauled a 12-point deficit.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp keeps being told that it can be lonely out in front

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp keeps being told that it can be lonely out in front

On matchday, Klopp can be like a volcano waiting to erupt as he patrols the touchline

On matchday, Klopp can be like a volcano waiting to erupt as he patrols the touchline

But what about Arsenal's implosion in 2003? They had led United by eight points before a 2-2 draw with Bolton led the usually urbane Arsene Wenger to take his tie off on the touchline, so great was the pressure.

As Liverpool head to the Etihad on Thursday — for the campaign's biggest game to date — many can see a similar tale unfolding.

Why wouldn't they? City are a magnificent side and a seven-point gap with 17 matches to go is not beyond them. 

They would not be out of the reckoning, either, if they were to lose to Liverpool. When your rivals have class — as City do — it is dangerous to assume anything.

Back at Melwood, however, he is methodical and has a way of getting his point across

Back at Melwood, however, he is methodical and has a way of getting his point across

Liverpool have a seven-point advantage over Manchester City ahead of Thursday night's clash

Liverpool have a seven-point advantage over Manchester City ahead of Thursday night's clash

The narrative that is starting to build around Liverpool, though, is something Klopp has found intriguing. 

People may feel he is reading from a script in press conferences when he says nobody is looking further than the next game but that is the message he gives to his squad, too.

'People don't see it but I'm a pretty calm person,' Klopp said before Arsenal's visit on Saturday. 

'Not during the 90 minutes, obviously, but in general. I don't get that easily excited about different things. When we are here, it's only about us.'

That

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