Jurgen Klopp Reacts to Sobering Defeat

Will Morley
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A defensive gamble from Jurgen Klopp didn’t pay off as Liverpool’s hopes of retaining their Premier League crown were all but extinguished after their 4-1 defeat to Manchester City.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Jurgen Klopp looked to the positives on what was otherwise a poor result.

The performance was good most of the time. Really, really good. If we had played like this more often we would not be 10 points behind City.

Despite a cagey first twenty minutes, Liverpool dominated large parts of the first half. However, the big chance of the half fell to the visitors, with İlkay Gündoğan squandering a golden opportunity from the penalty spot.

At the start of the second half, City changed the system and we didn’t give enough options to play and then gave the first goal away.

Four minutes after the restart, Ilkay Gündoğan made amends. He netted his seventh goal of this new year after sloppy defending from Liverpool’s backline.

Mohamed Salah provided a ray of hope for the home side, after winning and converting a penalty minutes later.

However, two costly mistakes from Alisson put the game beyond doubt. Punished by Raheem Sterling and Gündoğan again, City found themselves in dreamland.

A magical solo goal from Phil Foden confirmed City’s first win at Anfield since 2003.

Foden scored the fourth goal with a genius situation.

Klopp on Alisson’s blunders

Despite Alisson’s obvious errors, Klopp was quick to support him.

There’s no real explanation for Alisson’s errors. In the first one we didn’t give him many options, but the second one he just mishit the ball. Maybe he had cold feet or something. It sounds funny but it could be. Ali saved our life plenty of times, and tonight he made two mistakes – that’s how it is.

Top four now the target?

This loss leaves the Reds ten points behind their rivals, who also have a game in hand. With their title push all but over, Liverpool must now focus on securing an all important top four finish.

We will try everything to finish in the top four. We have to win games and tonight we didn’t.

Can Liverpool now bounce back for Saturday’s crucial game against Leicester?

Read more by Will Morley. (@WHMorlers)

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