Klopp bullish as Liverpool's post-Coutinho era gets flying start

Henrietta Brewer
January 15, 2018

The leaders fell behind to Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's early opener and although Leroy Sane equalised before half-time, City were blown away by three goals in nine second half minutes from Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah.

They remain 15 points clear at the top, though Manchester United will trim that to 12 should they beat Stoke at Old Trafford on Monday.

Jurgen Klopp described Liverpool's 4-3 win over Manchester City as "historical" and lauded both sides for producing an all-time Premier League classic.

City's ambitions of becoming the second team in history to go an entire Premier League season unbeaten were left in tatters at the 23-game mark and Guardiola felt his side failed to deal with a raucous and baying Anfield crowd. "We deserved the three points, even if [City] made it close".

Speaking to NBC after the full-time whistle, Klopp admitted that, from a manager's perspective, the performance wasn't exactly ideal from his team.

"It's our first defeat - you need to live that kind of situation to realise what we have done so far and what we are expecting for the future". "Yes this goal, he knows that, but it's not about that", said Klopp. "If you can get in between the lines and at the two centre-halves, which I feel we can, then there are chances and goals there". It has widely been reported that many of his transfer target's chose the switch to Anfield purely to play under him.

City, however, will look to repeat their dominant 5-0 victory over Liverpool at the Etihad in September, although they will be without injured striker Gabriel Jesus, who scored a brace that day.

Following the win, Carragher said: "One of the great games this season".

Coming after Philippe Coutinho's £142 million move to Barcelona this was a major statement of intent from Liverpool, and Klopp praised his side after they ended City's long unbeaten run.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp suggested this was the sort of game that could convert non-believers to the joy of football - and it was just about the ideal advert for the sport.

"(Mohamed) Salah and (Sadio) Mane are tough guys for us to control, especially when we lose the ball in unsafe positions, because they are so fast, so quick and so clever in the box.

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