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Reds' Klopp calls for calm amid title talk

dpadpa 6/11/2016

Liverpool have gone one point clear at the top of the English Premier League table with a 6-1 win over Watford.

Manager Juergen Klopp suggested that everyone needed to stay cool amid the crescendo of excitement building around Liverpool's English Premier League title challenge.

Their fabulous 6-1 trouncing of Watford at Anfield on Sunday (Monday AEDT), featuring the attacking brilliance that has characterised their season, saw Liverpool hit the top of the competition for the first time in the Klopp era.

While the win even had Watford's bruised manager Walter Mazzarri cooing that Liverpool could lift the title for the first time since the creation of the EPL, Klopp suggested everyone calmed down.

"If somebody thinks being one point ahead after 11 match days is a big sign for the rest of the season, then I can't help this person," Klopp said.

"We stay cool. It's the best position I can imagine but nothing else has happened."

Missing out on the Champions League has provided an upside for Liverpool and Chelsea with the pair occupying the top two places in the EPL while England's participants in Europe's elite competition failed to win on their return to domestic duties.

With no gruelling midweek European games, Chelsea - who beat Everton 5-0 to go top on Saturday - and Liverpool conserved their energy to produce emphatic domestic victories.

Manchester City lost top spot after being held by Middlesbrough on Saturday, dropping to third.

Arsenal and Tottenham drew 1-1 in the north London derby on Sunday before champion Leicester lost 2-1 to West Bromwich Albion.

"We knew that Arsenal drew against Tottenham but we didn't speak one word about the possibility of being top of the table," Klopp said.

"We saw Chelsea yesterday, quite impressive; Man City playing Barcelona, quite impressive; Man United, never write them off; Tottenham are a good side. There's a lot of really good teams around.

"For me it's more important that we look like a team who is able to win games."

Manchester United followed up their 4-1 victory at Fenerbahce by winning 3-1 at Swansea to halt a four-match winless run in the Premier League. Southampton, though, came back down to earth after beating Inter Milan by losing 2-1 to a Hull side in the bottom three.

Jose Mourinho was forced to watch from the stands as he served a touchline ban but he will have liked what he saw in south Wales.

There was a landmark goal for one of the brashest of players.

The first of Zlatan Ibrahimovic's two goals was the 25,000th in the Premier League since the competition's inception in 1992.

Paul Pogba also unleashed a 20-yard volley for his second league goal since joining United in August from Juventus.

Swansea is only off the bottom due to Sunderland having an inferior goal difference and Bob Bradley has collected only one point from his first four matches in charge.

The first American manager in the Premier League, Bradley has extended the winless run - which started under the fired Francesco Guidolin - to 10 matches.

That's the worst since Swansea was promoted to the Premier League in 2011.

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