Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp: "A lot of teams are in whatever you call the title race, and that is how it should be. That is maybe only the difference to last year when pretty much nobody was in any more at this time, and that is good for all supporters out there.
"Being unbeaten in the league until December is not something I had too often in my life. We did really well so far, and we have to do even better from now on. That's the challenge for us."
Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez: "We have to be realistic and understand we will be in the bottom half for the season.
"If we can be better than three teams, it will be another miracle. It was a miracle last year. People were thinking, 'Oh, you finished 10th...', but with a couple of fewer wins, we could have been in the bottom five, so it was a miracle."