Jurgen Klopp has dismissed suggestions that a ‘weak’ Premier League has contributed to Liverpool’s success this season.
The Reds have a massive 22-point lead at the top of the table and are on course to end their 30-year wait for a league title.
They need just 12 more points to be crowned champions after failing to win only one of their opening 27 matches – at Manchester United in October.
Liverpool’s dominance has seen some critics raise questions over the current strength of England’s top flight, but Klopp believes that Man City’s midweek Champions League victory at Real Madrid is among the indicators that prove it remains competitive.
“I couldn’t care less,” the Reds boss said. “I don’t think that any Liverpool supporter should have any concern for things like this.
“If other people think like that – if they really think City are not as good as they were – then I can say they are.
“They have scored a few more goals than us but have conceded a few more than us and if you look why it is clear they have been missing some players.
“The other teams are really strong too. Yes, Bayern Munich beat Tottenham and Chelsea [in the Champions League] but they are both unbelievably strong over a season. They have had some problems, that’s all true, but in the moment that you play them you don’t feel that they have these problems.
“We have no influence on the points they have, apart from the games when we played them. And these games are always proper games whether it is Tottenham, Chelsea, Arsenal , City or Manchester United. That is clear and while we have won most of those games so far they were always difficult.
“So that says nothing about the [lowering] quality of the Premier League, especially when you look at City’s win over Real Madrid.
“They are one of the best teams in the world maybe at the moment and they were clearly better so that shows as well how strong the league is.
Liverpool will be hoping to move another step closer to lifting the Premier League trophy when they travel to Vicarage Road to face Nigel Pearson’s relegation-threatened side on Saturday.