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'It’s nothing we can rest on' - Matip warns Liverpool of title challenge

7:42 PM GMT+4 07/12/2018
Joel Matip, Liverpool
The Reds have been in fine form and are yet to concede a defeat in the English top-flight this campaign

Joel Matip has warned Liverpool to be wary of challenges from title rivals as they aim to keep their unbeaten record going in the Premier League.

Jurgen Klopp’s men have started the season on a promising note with 12 wins and three draws in 15 league matches so far.

They are second in the league standings with two points behind Manchester City who are also unbeaten in the English top-flight this term.

After waiting for a stoppage effort from Divock Origi to clinch three points against Everton in Sunday's Merseyside derby, Liverpool fought back from a goal deficit to defeat Burnley 3-1 on Wednesday.

And the Cameroon international who has featured in seven Premier League games this season - two starts and five substitutes appearances - has charged his teammates to remain resilient and focused on getting positive results.

“I think the team did it very well directly from the beginning [of the season] and we stay together until the last second,” Matip told club website.

“We fight for every point and we are on a good way. It’s something that you can be proud of, but it’s nothing we can rest on. It’s a good base and we have to keep going.

“The table is nice to see but only our games matter and we cannot decide how City will play, so we will focus on things we can change, [like] our game.

“We know we can always strike back and we’ll use every second of the game. Even if it’s the last second of the 95 minutes we can still be there.

“That’s good to know, but of course we hope that it maybe doesn’t take that long to score and decide the game.”

The Reds visit seventh-placed Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium for Saturday's Premier League outing.

And the 32-year-old expects a difficult contest against Eddie Howe's men.

“We are on a good run but they [Bournemouth] are also in good shape. They play good football so it will be a hard, tough game,” he added.