Reds now on City's level, says Klopp despite loss

07 January, 2019, 06:05 | Author: Marlene Myers
  • Van Dijk: Liverpool not panicked by Man City and will definitely bounce back

"They are still leaders and they have a lot of games to play as well". The team has been playing good games and this is the most important for us.

So it has proved by early January, a game in hand and a head-to-head victory having brought City right back into the picture. It was far from a defensive stalemate. "He will be saying "that's how good we are now". 'Liverpool clash was like a final!'

Guardiola is aware the City hierarchy view success in Europe as the ultimate goal, even if many others at the club would gladly swap it at this point for another domestic title.

For all their illustrious past, Liverpool haven't won the English league since 1990 and their most recent challenge, in 2014, ended with what many felt was a submission to pressure.

Fernandinho sat out City's back-to-back defeats against Crystal Palace and Leicester City last month, with John Stones and Ilkay Gundogan providing uneasy alternatives at the base of Guardiola's midfield as Liverpool were gifted the initiative.

"From my point of view we were never on a level with City since I came in", said Klopp. This is the best way to play.

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It was interesting seeing the two Brazilians - Ederson and Alisson - in the opposing goals. Sterling then wasted a great chance to ensure City didn't have to see out a tense five minutes of stoppage time, but the hosts held out to put the title back up for grabs.

"On the pitch I felt I got the ball, a bit of the man, but it wasn't naughty". See all the build to a game the whole world was watching.

He said: "Yeah, we had a chat, I apologised that it happened, but in the moment your tension is 100 per cent, we believe it's a fault, he doesn't believe it's a fault, but OK, forget about it". The Premier League title is Liverpool's main objective, but they have such strength in depth that I feel the Reds are well equipped to make a bold bid for Cup glory this term.

And so, as Vincent Kompany comes to van Dijk for the customary handshake after the game, the Liverpool defender pays no attention to his jokes. I think all the big games are like this. At the beginning of December they defeated title-chasing Chelsea, just days after they'd lost to Cardiff. You have to take the game how it is. Stones said. "Those sort of things can change a game". They had less possession and one can argue that they were luckier than Liverpool in their 2-1 victory.

"Klopp has turned Liverpool into an absolute fighting machine - both attacking and defending", he told the Daily Mirror.

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