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Jurgen Klopp backs Liverpool to return to winning ways in title battle at Brighton

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'So far it was pretty easy for us to stay focused': Jurgen Klopp backs Liverpool to handle psychological weight as they resume title battleLiverpool have lost their last two games against Manchester City and WolvesThe Premier League leaders return to action away to Brighton on Saturday Klopp has injury problems in defence to contend with for the trip  

Jurgen Klopp has no concerns over pressure derailing Liverpool Premier League title challenge despite two straight defeats. 

The league leaders travel to Brighton aiming to increase their lead over Manchester City to seven points and put pressure on Pep Guardiola’s side, who face Wolves - the side who eliminated Liverpool earlier this week - on Monday night.

That result followed a draining 2-1 defeat by City at the Etihad Stadium in the Premier League, where victory would have sent Liverpoo 10 points clear at the summit of the table. 

Jurgen Klopp has no concerns over the pressure on Liverpool in the Premier League title race 

Klopp believes Liverpool will handle pressure if they retain the focus they have shown so far

'Now we go for the big stakes,' Klopp said. 'As long as you can stay completely focused on what you have influence on, the better it is. That is what we try to do and so far it was pretty easy for us to stay focused.

'That's what we have to show and will show again. But there is no game in the Premier League where you can go and count the three points before you play the game.'

Klopp does not think Liverpool’s lack of commitments will give them a clear run at the title, especially while he is balancing injury problems in defence. 

Dejan Lovren hobbled off with a muscle injury at Wolves, while Joel Matip has only just returned to training ahead of Brighton and Joe Gomez definitely out.

'If you have the full squad together, that is my preferred rhythm to be honest,' Klopp said. 'But it is our situation, it is not that we decided to go out the cups.

'At Wolves, we had to make changes after the most intense month of the year. Now we have to make the best of the time we have. Pep says he would prefer to be in four competitions. Yeah, I would too.

'We came through December with little injuries but three centre-havles injured in the same moment is unlucky, it makes it tricky.'

Liverpool have only three more fixtures in the Premier League before the end of January and they have an 11-day break between Anfield dates against Crystal Palace (January 19) and Leicester City (January 30). 

City, by contrast, have four games in that period when Klopp’s side are inactive. 

Dejan Lovren went off injured after only four minutes of Liverpool's defeat by Wolves

'Other teams play more games, they are in other competitions and can deal with it with other players, we can too,' he said. 'We have to use the time but you can also do a lot of things wrong in a week training.' 

Klopp is not too concerned by the injury that ended Lovren's game at Wolves after only four minutes.

'I don’t know how long he is out for. Serious but not that serious. A muscle thing, I would expect him back after maybe Crystal Palace,' Klopp said.   

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