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Klopp - Performance really good | Salah - We need to focus.

Updated: Oct 18, 2022

Liverpool put their recent Premier League woes behind them to beat champions Manchester City as the Cityzens' unbeaten run this season came to an end at Anfield.

Klopp delighted with Liverpool’s 'perfect' win over Man City [Sky Sports]
Klopp delighted with Liverpool’s 'perfect' win over Man City [Sky Sports]

Mohamed Salah has now scored six goals in 11 appearances in the Premier League against Manchester City.

"Result, perfect. Performance, really, really good, in an incredibly intense game.”

Those were the words of Jurgen Klopp after his Liverpool side beat Manchester City in an enthralling game at Anfield on Sunday.

Going into the clash on Merseyside, Pep Guardiola's City were favourites but Liverpool finally found their feet to overcome the reigning champions.

Erling Haaland was not on the scoresheet this time around and it was Liverpool’s Egyptian king Mohamed Salah who made the difference on the day as he raced on to a clearance from keeper Alisson after Joao Cancelo's error to beat Ederson with a very calm strike in the 76th minute.

City midfielder Phil Foden had already found the net earlier but his goal was ruled out by the video assistant referee for Haaland's foul on Fabinho, a decision that angered manager Guardiola.

In the end, after Klopp was sent off by referee Anthony Taylor for his protests, it was the Reds who secured all three points as they moved up to the 8th spot in the table, and Klopp was delighted they ‘showed up against the world’s best team.’

"Result, perfect. Performance, really, really good, in an incredibly intense game,” Klopp told Sky Sports.

"We defended at an incredibly high level for 99 minutes almost. They had their moments but especially in the box, we did extremely well.

"This was for us obviously big today. We showed up today and that is all we wanted to do.

"City didn't have these counter attack situations, we had them three times. The situation around the goal is just sensational awareness from Alisson and outstanding from Mo. He might miss one but he will not miss two in a similar situation.

"Goals decide the game but there were so many good football moments against what I would say is the best football team isn't the world."

When asked about Diogo Jota's injury, the German answered: "We miss the next one with Diogo. He felt real pain at that moment but I have no idea how bad it is. If Diogo stays down it is not good."

On his red card, he said: "In the end, probably deserved, but you cannot have this situation. It is the clearest foul I ever saw in front of the linesman and he is not bothered. It is clear. They just watch the game but we [the managers] are involved."

On what the win means to him, he said: "Three points. We have to recover. Wednesday West ham is coming here and that is the next tough one.

"It was really good, it was the best that could happen here today."

'We need to focus.'

Match winner Mohamed Salah said: "We don't have to think about the title at the moment, of course personally I love to play always for a title.

"In my head I am going to fight for it, but we need to focus more and take one game at a time.

"We don't have to feel more pressure that there is still a gap between us and first and second but of course we are going to play for a title.

"As players and a team, we should be in a better position, the players are excited to win and that gives us a good push for the next games."

Salah continued: "This side is always hard for us, home or away, but the most important thing was to take three points.

"Our position is not the best and it is just one game so we have to carry on. Hopefully this gives us more confidence.

"I am not worried when there are chances, if I miss one then fine, they will come again. I worry when there are no chances.

"Today we created chances and when I missed the first I was calm because I knew the second would come. I just tried to stay focused and put it in the net because I missed the first one, and I got lucky."

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