In their recent Premier League clash against Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium, Liverpool suffered a crushing defeat. Despite going into the game as major underdogs, the Reds managed to take the lead in the 17th minute thanks to a goal from Mohamed Salah.
However, things quickly went downhill for Jurgen Klopp’s side when Julian Alvarez scored the equalizer shortly after Salah’s goal.
The second half of the game saw Manchester City take full control, as they cruised to a comfortable victory over Liverpool.
Kevin De Bruyne, Ilkay Gundogan, and Jack Grealish all scored in the second half, securing an impressive win for the home side.
Jurgen Klopp slams Liverpool team after Man City loss
Klopp was absolutely furious with his side and he made his feelings known in his post-match interview.
He said, per BBC:“The goals, how we conceded them, it’s difficult to accept – we didn’t put in a challenge for either. That’s absolutely not acceptable to be honest.
“City were completely in control after that and we were open and they could do whatever they wanted. That they only scored one more goal is well, thank you. It could’ve been different and that’s really bad news for us.
“We were lucky they weren’t in a greedy mood. Apart from that, there is nothing good to say about this game.”
Klopp names four Liverpool players that played ‘ok’ in Man City loss
He added, per the Mirror:“About four performances were OK: The two midfielders, Hendo [Jordan Henderson] and Fab [Fabinho], worked a lot to try to close gaps. Cody [Gakpo], especially in possession, and Ali [Alisson Becker] of course.
“That is very difficult if you want to get something from here then 14/15 players have to be at the top of their game – and that was not the case again.
“Four-ish players had an OK game and the rest were somewhere I don’t know. Three days and we play again against another strong team. Tomorrow is a big day for us because we have to work with what we saw today because we see it more often now.”
📺 Jurgen Klopp on the performance:
“Four-ish players had an OK game and the rest were somewhere – I don’t know.” 🔴 pic.twitter.com/wvjjF6F3VR
— Anfield Watch (@AnfieldWatch) April 1, 2023
It’s difficult to say if Klopp was unimpressed with the performances of Salah, Alexander-Arnold, Robertson, and van Dijk, as football is a team sport and any defeat can be attributed to a range of factors.
However, it’s clear that City were the better team on the day, and Klopp will likely look at the overall performance of his team to identify areas for improvement.
What next for Liverpool?
Liverpool will have a quick turnaround as they face Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday following their defeat to Manchester City.
Currently sitting in eighth place in the Premier League, the Reds are seven points behind fourth-placed Tottenham Hotspur at the time of writing.
With their Champions League hopes on the line, Liverpool will be eager to secure a much-needed victory against Chelsea to close the gap and boost their chances of qualification for next season’s tournament.