Klopp praised Liverpool performance in second half against City

Sun 03 October 2021 | 19:21

Liverpool had a positive performance in the second half and the German coach is satisfied with that.


boss Jurgen Klopp has praised Mohamed Salah, claiming his side's game against


was made up of two different halves.

Liverpool hosted City at Anfield tonight and drew 2-2 with the defending champions. The Reds took the lead with Sadio Mane's goal, then Phil Foden equalized and after that, Salah scored Liverpool's second goal and Kevin De Bruyne equalized again. Now Klopp claimed that the conversation between the two halves had a great impact on his team's performance.

He told Sky Sports:

"Thank god a football game has two halves. We are really happy about the second and not so happy about the first, for obvious reasons,"

"We did a lot of things wrong in the first half and City did a lot of things right, that result we could see. We never got really into the game, never played enough football. 

"I was really happy, perhaps I was the most happy in my career about the half-time whistle. It was never planned that we played like this.

"We needed half-time and we used half-time, then played a really good second half."

The German added:

"Man City with the ball is a proper team. There are ways to defend it – you have to close down the spaces, and to do that you have to step out in specific moments.

"I'm not sure I've seen many games where City can pass so easily through the half spaces. They had chances, but they didn't score from that.

Klopp also praised Mohamed Salah and said:

"I think the biggest chance we didn't take. I have to see it back, but I've no idea how he blocked the ball. For me the ball was in," Klopp continued.

"For our first goal, top passing, top movement. Goal number two, individual quality which you only see when you're really lucky.

"If Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo scores that goal, the whole world says, yes, because they are world-class. Mo Salah scores that goal, it's because he's world-class.

"He's one of the best players in the world, that's how it is."



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