Published: Mon, January 07, 2019
Sport | By Ashley Hunter

Klopp: Manchester City defeat an important step for Liverpool

Klopp: Manchester City defeat an important step for Liverpool

They were so excited, and I am happy for them. You'll go a long way to find a more freakish nine-point haul than the one achieved by Leicester, who defeated Chelsea and Everton away from home as well as Manchester City at the King Power Stadium, but surprisingly lost at home to Cardiff. "But it's all okay, we lost the game because they scored two and we scored one".

Tottenham's back-up options are arguably the most limited but City's recent three defeats came when they failed to cope without key starters such as Fernandinho, David Silva and Kevin De Bruyne.

While the City boss concedes that Sunday's tie is a "fantastic opportunity" for Newport to impress, the Frenchman expects a professional and determined performance from his side. Although their dynamism and directness with the ball is good news for Pep Guardiola's side, they never had full control or domination against Jurgen Klopp's men.

But the Liverpool Echo say there is no chance of Klopp forking out for the World Cup victor this month.

But perhaps that pragmatism stems from Guardiola and City knowing that substance over style is sometimes the way to win - win ugly, even - when it matters in a title race.

"That's why I said last time (after the Arsenal match) 'Do we need blood?"

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"We know that in these games we must work a lot and that's what we tried to do", he said. "We can use that to our advantage and we'll look forward to the games ahead now".

"Don't get me wrong, I still love to watch the way City play".

This is an impressive Liverpool team, make no mistake, and they are stronger in all departments than the team that went so close to winning the title under Brendan Rodgers in 2014.

If Wolves have been hard to predict this term then Liverpool have been the complete opposite, at least in the Premier League.

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. Roberto Firmino then equalized for the league leaders on the 64th minute via is header into a virtually empty net. "What we have to do now is to keep our confidence and win the next game".

This is a different kind of pressure for Liverpool and they have to deal with it.

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