Mohamed Salah says Liverpool have to react after a slow start to the season but insists it is too early to think about the gap to title rivals, Manchester City.
Liverpool have established themselves as one of Europe and England’s top sides under Jürgen Klopp, but the departure of Sadio Mané and the need to overhaul an aging core have seen them make significant changes over the past year. Meanwhile, their Premier League rivals have spent big in an effort to catch up.
Manchester City are currently four points ahead of Liverpool in the Premier League table after two games
The current champions have got their campaign off to a flying start with two wins in their opening two games. The Reds, however, are without a victory following draws against Fulham and Crystal Palace.
Jurgen Klopp ‘s side now sit four points behind their rivals in the table heading into this weekend’s round of fixtures. City travel to face Newcastle on Sunday, while Liverpool are away at Manchester United on Monday night.
Mohamed Salah insisted it was “too early to think about the gap to Manchester City” when speaking to Sky Sports, ahead of Liverpool’s highly anticipated visit to Old Trafford to play Manchester United, who are currently bottom of the Premier League.
Liverpool’s Egyptian said “we didn’t start the way we wanted to”, referring to Liverpool’s slow start which has seen them pick up two draws to start the season, but he insisted it was “part of the game” and that the players “have to react”.
“I think everybody is excited about the season. Everybody wants to show our football again so I think we just need to carry on. We can’t change the past so that’s why we need to focus on our next games.
“It does for everybody, not just myself, but I think for everybody we can feel that we can’t really lose a point that early. You fight with City, you fight with Chelsea, two teams that don’t drop points easily. We just need to focus again and try to win games.”
He was asked during the interview whether the prospect of Manchester City having a seven-point lead over Liverpool by Monday night will add more pressure to an already difficult challenge of winning at Old Trafford.
Salah was quick to note that Liverpool’s rivalry with Manchester United ensures that the two clubs are “the biggest two teams in England” and that it is a “special game for everybody.” He also held out on his belief that it was “too early” to think about the title race.