Klopp deliveres 2 harsh statements following Man City’s humiliating defeat
When Liverpool was crushed 4-1 at the Etihad Stadium, Jürgen Klopp acknowledged that his team was overpowered by Manchester City, and his post-match remarks were a harsh appraisal of their troubles in the Premier League this season. The’massive’ gap between the two teams, as Klopp put it, was clear as Pep Guardiola’s championship contenders tore them apart. Liverpool are still seven points out of a top-four spot.
Erling Haaland, City’s leading scorer with 28 goals, and winger Phil Foden were both out for the match at the Etihad Stadium, but Guardiola’s team still found ways to repeatedly split open the Liverpool defense. Following Mohamed Salah’s goal, Julian Alvarez scored to tie the score, and then 53 seconds into the second half, Kevin De Bruyne scored.
Seven minutes later, Ilkay Gundogan made it 3-1, and Jack Grealish, who was outstanding, added a fourth late to complete the sweep. It is hardly overstating things to say that the 22-point difference between the two sides represents where both sides are at this point.
The Merseyside team has now lost all five of those encounters this season after conceding three or more goals away from home for the fifth time this year. It is obvious that the risk taken by the German to try to attack is not paying off.
While some of those performances might have been considered off-color, this was unique, and Klopp was aware of it. His team was just no match for City’s technical prowess as they continually ripped open the Reds’ defense.
In a somber post-game interview, the 55-year-old was questioned about whether Rodri should have been dismissed for pushing down Cody Gakpo after already receiving a booking.
And Klopp’s savage response revealed just how little he trusted his players to get back into the game.
The Liverpool manager told reporters, “I didn’t see it well enough (but) I realized the scenario. Could he have received another yellow card? Probably, yes. Now he won’t understand it.
To be honest, I don’t know if we would have prevailed today against 10 men.
Perhaps it was an emotional reaction, but Klopp’s furious gesturing on the sidelines as his team committed a long list of defensive mistakes was clear evidence of his dissatisfaction.
Yet, it should be noted that Liverpool had not dropped a Premier League match after scoring first in 44 games, so if anyone was capable of overcoming adversity, it was them.
Klopp understands that Liverpool’s final 11 games will be crucial in determining their summer plans and, potentially, his future after another embarrassing loss on the road. With Liverpool now stuttering towards finishing the season without a trophy and in danger of missing out on Champions League qualification next season, Klopp knows that their final 11 games will be crucial in dictating their summer plans.
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