The soccer news starts with the eight-point difference between Liverpool and Manchester City at the top of the Premier League table. Manchester City's 2-0 home loss to Wolverhampton and Liverpool winning every Premier League game that they've played this season is the cause of that gap. Going into the October international break, the questions are how long before Liverpool drops points and if there's much of a chance for City to recover. Add to that Arsenal a point behind Manchester City and Leicester City, Chelsea, and Crystal Palace a point behind them.
"It’s a lot of points," Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola said. "They’ve not dropped points. Today is the game we created less. We face many teams defending in deep systems. More or less we have found a way to do it, but today we had a problem. There’s a lot of games to go."
Liverpool's win streak is almost a problem. The expectation is eventually that they'll drop points one way or another. That almost happened in their 2-1 home win over Leicester City, something that's not lost on their manager.
"A point against Leicester is not a catastrophe," Jurgen Klopp said. "We don’t go for keeping this streak kind of alive, we just want to win a football game and for this you have to respect all things. If winning eight games in a row would be easy then a lot of teams would have done it already, it’s not easy. In that league it is not easy, with all the opponents we had it is not easy."
For both Guardiola and Klopp, they're dealing with expectation management in the Premier League. That's one of the more difficult jobs even at the elite level of club soccer. Guardiola is trying to keep the faith that his team will get the opportunity to close that eight-point gap. Klopp is working against the winning streak as a problem since it will eventually end. Both are difficult situations in their own ways. Both can derail a team.
BBC Sport's Simon Stone on Guardiola's situation following the loss to Wolves. The Independent's Mark Critchley with Liverpool's momentum issue. The Liverpool Echo's Elliott Jackson stressing that eight-point gap and whether or not Liverpool has already done enough. The Telegraph's Sam Dean on what Arsenal is doing just a point behind City. iNews' Miles Starforth looks at Newcastle's revival after beating Manchester United.
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