Jurgen Klopp thinks it’s unlikely that his Liverpool team will beat Manchester City’s record of 18 consecutive Premier League victories and says he doesn’t really mind either way.The Reds have won 16 in a row but would have to beat all of Leicester City, Manchester United and Tottenham to eclipse City’s mark. They also have a tough Champions League tie with Red Bull Salzburg to contend with.Leicester and Spurs make up the rest of the Premier League top four, along with the Anfield outfit and City. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career Klopp says his team are focused on each game as it comes, and on getting their players back healthy from the international break that comes between the Leicester and Man Utd games.”(There are) interesting games coming up. It doesn’t sound too likely. But we will try and first and foremost Salzburg and then Leicester,” the ex-Dortmund coach said.”Then it is the international break and hopefully everybody comes back healthy. That is most important.”Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah will play against each other in Singapore, very interesting game obviously, it’s not qualification for anything. So hopefully everyone comes back healthy and then we try to prepare for Man United.”Klopp says he’s not motivated by records, but wants to win every game regardless of whether it’s part of a streak.”I try to understand how other people think about things but from the way I think about things I’m not interested in the number to be honest. It’s just a number.”So, you only can create a streak like this if you’re always in the next job. The next job is Salzburg which is a different competition and then Leicester City and that will be difficult.”There’s always a story you can create. In our case, it’s always about how many games we’ve won. Even if people don’t say it they think there will be a moment when you lose a game, or whatever.”When we play Salzburg or Leicester, people will talk about the last time we lost a competitive game at Anfield. But we don’t listen.“We try to make the best of the situation we are in. That’s how it is.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
Location: College Park, Pennsylvania2017 Record: 11-2 (7-2 Big Ten) Head Coach: James Franklin2018 Record: 4-0 (1-0 Big Ten)All-time record vs. OSU: 14-18What has happened thus far in 2018:No. 9 Penn State began the season with a light schedule, with three of their first four matchups having combined for a 9-27 record last season. Penn State handled all three of those opponents by 39 points or more. Appalachian State, however, took the Nittany Lions to overtime, though Penn State held on to beat the Mountaineers 45-38. Penn State leads the NCAA in points per game with 55.5.Impact Player:Junior running back Miles Sanders has made a sizeable impact so far in the Penn State offense following Saquon Barkley’s footsteps, but all eyes are on redshirt senior quarterback Trace McSorley for a reason. As Penn State’s all-time leader in touchdown passes (59) and total touchdowns (77), McSorley is a dual-threat quarterback that has made his way by making plays at the right time, and doing it in enthusiastic fashion. This season, McSorley has swung his imaginary bat on 14 total touchdowns, with only two interceptions on 998 yards of total offense.Strengths:There’s a reason this is the highest scoring offense in the nation. With the combination of McSorley and Sanders, Penn State has won its games this season by dominating opponents on the offensive end, mostly through the run game, ranking No. 10 in the NCAA with 275.0 yards per game on the ground. The offensive and defensive lines have also done a great job avoiding and creating sacks, respectively. The Nittany Lions have allowed only one sack per game, tied for the 18th-fewest in the nation.Weaknesses:McSorley has led Penn State to only No. 62 in the country in passing yards, but has also not needed to rely on his arm much yet to win games. The Nittany Lions have been susceptible to the run game, allowing the 48th-most yards on the run at 172.5 per game. But Penn State’s Achilles heel thus far has been the first half. The Nittany Lions outscore opponents 149-35 in the second half and overtime, with 28 of the opposing points coming against Appalachian State. But Penn State only outscores its opponents 73-43 in the first half so far, allowing for lower-level teams to stay in the games until the offense inevitably blows it open in the third and fourth quarters. This issue won’t matter much against teams like Kent State and Illinois, but in a matchup like the one against No. 4 Ohio State on Saturday, a slow start could make all the difference.