Liverpool took an impressive 4-1 win over former league leaders Manchester City on Saturday at Anfield.
Things got off to a good start for the home team as they took the lead in the 7th minute after an own goal by Eliaquim Mangala. Philippe Coutinho made it 2-0 in the 23rd minute and Roberto Firmino made it 3-0 in the 32nd minute. Sergio Aguero pulled one back for City right before halftime. Martin Skrtel finished the scoring in the 81st minute when he made it 4-1.
The win takes Liverpool up to 9th place in the Premier League table, and it’s the most impressive outing for the Reds since Jurgen Klopp took over as manager.
“Tonight was very good, but it was not perfect because we can defend better and stay in the game better when we have a 3-0 lead,” Klopp told liverpoolfc.com after the game.
“But when you win 4-1 against Man City it should be a very good performance – and it was very good. It was deserved.”
Liverpool did a good job creating scoring chances, having nine shots on target against City’s three, despite not having the majority of the ball possession.
“What we try to do is to analyze the opponent and see what their biggest strength is and things we can do that they don’t feel confident [defending against] then we try to do it,” Klopp said.
“It’s a very important thing in football and the better your opponent is the more important it gets that you do things like this.
“Manchester City were top of the table, so at this moment are the best team in England. We had to try to find some ways to cause them problems and that’s what we did.
“The next point is, if you win a ball [high up the pitch], then it’s not the longest way in the right direction and that’s very important of course. We try to do similar things but not always the same.”
City dropped to third as both Leicester City and Manchester United won their matches.