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Monday 18 June 2018

Klopp's toast to Reds as Citizens finally beaten

Liverpool 4-3 Manchester City

The Liverpool players celebrate after Sadio Mane put away their third goal of the match
The Liverpool players celebrate after Sadio Mane put away their third goal of the match

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp toasted his side's thrilling 4-3 win against Manchester City at Anfield, as he jumped to the defence of keeper Lorus Karius after his latest shaky display.

Klopp's rampant Reds inflicted City's first defeat of the season after a sensational game between arguably the Premier League's best two attacking teams, with the German tactician struggling to hide his joy in his post match interviews.

Oxlade-Chamberlain set the hosts on their way early on, with Leroy Sane equalising before the break.

A blistering start to the second half saw Liverpool roar into a 4-1 lead thanks to goals from Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah, but City threatened an unlikely comeback thanks to late efforts from Bernardo Silva and Ilkay Gundogan.

"You can watch it as a manager or as a football fan and I prefer to do that - wow! What a game! Two teams, full throttle," he stated.

Quality

"This was a historical game you will talk about in 20 years because it looks like City will not lose another one this year.

"People watched this game all over the world and this is why - take your heart, throw it on the pitch and play like this, both teams.

"We played, I don't know which level, caused them problems like hell. I was not scared at the end, not that I didn't think we could concede a fourth, I have known my boys long enough now, it was so intense.

"If you combine quality with attitude you see a game like this. I really loved it.

"You will find someone who wants to talk about defending, no clean sheet, but he can blow up my boots.

"We will see what it gives us for the rest of the season. To score four in the week after Phil Coutinho leaves the club is a big statement. To concede three goals was not too cool but as a manager if you play football like we do the rest will come. For tonight it's perfect - that's a fair result."

Klopp also defended keeper Karius, who looked uncertain throughout as he started the game ahead of Simon Mignolet and was beaten on his near post by Leroy Sane's first half effort as Man City drew level.

"Yes of course it's the corner where he was. You showed it to me. People always find the hair in the soup. Loris knows it," he added. "The Man City goalkeeper probably caused Salah's goal but nobody will talk about that."

Meanwhile, City boss Pep Guardiola was gracious in defeat, as he paid tribute to the victors on a memorable afternoon at Anfield.

"The bad news is we lost so congratulations to Liverpool for their performance," said Guardiola.

"We knew what a good team they are. We were not precise with the ball and started with problems but we recovered as well.

"The only action we had then we conceded a goal, and then we lost a bit of control. We were not as stable. Then after that it was difficult as we conceded too many goals in five or 10 minutes.

"We tried and now we recover. People asked if everything was over and done before Christmas and now it's January and it's not. We have a lot of games to win to be Champions and will try for the next game against Newcastle.

"We have to learn. We have a young team in many places. We conceded a goal from (Roberto) Firmino when we were the better side but they can punish you when you make a mistake. They have the quality to run and make fast counter attacks."

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