By Obiajulu Chiagoziem
Liverpool hosted the premier league reigning champions, Manchester City at Anfield stadium yesterda. At the end of the match, both teams left with a point each as the match ended in a draw.
Sadio Mane opened the score sheet at the 59th minutes of the game after the first half ended in a no goal draw. However, just 10 minutes of Sadio Mane’s goal at 69th minutes, Phil foden equalized.
Goals from Mohamed Salah of Liverpool and Kevin De Bruyne ensured that the game ended in a draw as both team left with one point each.
Speaking about the game and also Salah’s performance, Jurgen Klopp, Liverpool’s manager said: “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,” Klopp told Sky Sports.
“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.”
Going further, he stated that: “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.
“We had long balls, which didn’t make sense. All these things we changed in the second half immediately. You could see how we set up – we were higher, more aggressive.
“The message was to play the extra pass, which we didn’t do that in the first half at all. I’m really happy. Do we want to win a game like this? Yes. But we have to admit today, because the game has two halves, the point is completely fine.”
It would’ve been a winning goal for Liverpool as fabinho shot was directed to the open post if not for a crucial block by Rodri.
“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.” Klopp concluded.