Xherdan Shaqiri has warned Manchester City that Liverpool “will be there until the end” in the Premier League title race.
The Reds kept up the pressure at the top of the table with a hard-fought 3-0 victory at Watford on Saturday, their 10th from 13 league games so far this season.
Jurgen Klopp’s men remain just two points behind City, although Pep Guardiola’s champions have shown little sign of feeling the heat of late, winning 4-0 at West Ham while Liverpool were grafting at Vicarage Road.
Still it promises, at the very least, to be a tighter chase than last season, with the Reds looking better-equipped to last the course than for many a year. Their clean sheet on Saturday means they have now made their best ever start to a league season defensively, with just five goals conceded from 13 matches.
Shaqiri was all smiles when stopping to speak to reporters after the Watford game. The Swiss star, clearly, is enjoying his football following his £13million (€14.7m/$16.7m) summer switch from Stoke.
And he had a message for City.
“We’re going to be there until the end!” he grinned. “We don’t have to look to Man City, we just have to look to ourselves and try to give our good performance on the pitch and win games, that’s the most important thing.
“Every game has its own history and we have to look game to game and not look where we’re staying at the end of the season. When you win games like this, we’re going to fight to the end for a lot of things so I think we just have to keep going, keep working hard and win games.”