Jurgen Klopp was impressed with Liverpool’s performance today against Manchester City, despite his side losing on penalties.
In the second-half, we peppered City’s goal, but Mo Salah’s shooting wasn’t clinical and we had two efforts cleared off the line.
Sadly, Gini Wijnaldum was the only man to miss in the shootout, with Alisson unable to keep any out.
“Wow, it was a really good performance, a powerful one in the second half. Both teams had a similar pre-season, I spoke to Kevin de Bruyne after the game and we both said we don’t really know where we are yet,” he told BT Sport, cited by the BBC.
“The least we deserved was the equaliser, one save decided it and I cannot be disappointed today. The performance was much more important today than a win. We know we are still here, we can still play proper football.
“In the first half we could have adjusted better, but we had chances as well. In the second half we changed a few things, we wanted it and in the end it was a little bit lucky. Congratulations to City.”
It was great to see a game played at such a high intensity, especially following the drab friendlies in the States.
The fact we played so well and looked so fit is really positive – and will silence the doubters who’ve done little but moan about our lack of activity in the transfer market over the past few weeks.
Against Norwich on Friday, we think Klopp will select a similar side to the one we saw today, but hopefully with Sadio Mane included from the outset.
In midfield, we reckon Naby Keita has a shout of starting over Gini Wijnaldum, who wasn’t great today, too.