Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has said it would be the “biggest joke in the history of football” to write off Manchester City in the title race.

Klopp was speaking on a night when City lost 1-0 at Aston Villa.

The win saw Unai Emery’s men move above the Premier League champions into third.

City are now winless in four league games and six points off leaders Arsenal.

“If somebody would write City off that would be the biggest joke in the history of football,” Klopp said after Wednesday’s win at Bramall Lane.

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“Arsenal are fighting and had a similar experience we had [late win vs Fulham]. It feels really good but anyway you have to start the next game from 0-0.

“Aston Villa is incredible. United is there, don’t play yet maybe exactly the football whoever wants – the media or whatever – but they have points like crazy.

“Chelsea, I’m not sure if they’re coming. The league is incredibly strong, you need to be lucky to get through difficult moments, with injuries especially. So I have no clue [who will win the title].

“Probably. It was the last years, always two. I’m not interested in that, so long as we’re around there. But it’s so difficult and intense. Ask me again in April.”

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