Jurgen Klopp has exposed that he left it late to set up an adventurous starting XI that preserved a hard-fought point at the Etihad Stadium
boss revealed that he had just spent two days working on the front four approaches that observers were surprised at Liverpool’s trip toManchester City
Most important games of thePremier League
were dominated in Etihad Stadium by a supposed selection poser that pittedRoberto Firmino
Firmino has been struggling for a spark of late. He is putting his position under threat from a summer signing that has hit the ground running at Anfield.
Many were trying to link Jota to City whileKlopp
had other ideas. He preferred to set up an adventurous staring XI against fellow title hopefuls.
This decision had a good result and they were able to gain an early advantage while they were so tired.
AfterKevin De Bruyne
miss a penalty for the Blues, they were happy to make the short journey back to Merseyside with a 1-1 draw.
Klopp told Liverpool’s official website of tweaking his approach and taking a point: “Top game. Top, top level [from] both teams. Energy level outstanding from both teams, two really good football-playing sides battle against each other. It was outstandingly interesting to watch.
“I loved our start, obviously we played a different system and you saw that in the game - in moments we had still to adapt to it. We had two days’ time to work on it, we did that but in the end, under pressure from a proper opponent, it’s slightly different. But the boys did incredibly well, I liked really a lot of situations, a lot of football parts, how we defended City was really good.
“They had their 10 minutes when we weren’t as compact as necessary after the quick start. That’s where they came back, that’s the quality of City, but then it was again equal or level or whatever you want. So, I’m really fine with a point.”
Liverpool have done very well so far and are in the line of defending champions but Klopp is keen to point out that there is still a long way to go.
The Reds will return to action with a home game againstLeicester
on November 21.