Thursday 22 February 2018

Jurgen Klopp hits out at critics after Liverpool hold Man City's attack scoreless in win

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 31: (THE SUN OUT, THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT) Jurgen KLopp Manager of Liverpool with Josep
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 31: (THE SUN OUT, THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT) Jurgen KLopp Manager of Liverpool with Josep "Pep" Guardiola during the Premier League match between Liverpool and Manchester City at Anfield on December 31, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Andrew Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp believes his defenders answered their critics after they turned in a resolute display to beat Manchester City 1-0 at Anfield.

Klopp altered his tactics to adopt a more conservative approach as he attempted to dilute City’s attacking stars and his plan worked to perfection, with Georginio Wijnaldum’s first half headed goal easing Liverpool to a relatively comfortable win.

Read more: Team selection, tactics and changes: How Jurgen Klopp outsmarted Pep Guardiola

“I know everyone talks about our defence, but I think we have the smallest number of shots on our goal in the league,” stated Klopp.

“Tonight the concentration level was outstanding. It’s not about avoiding goals – that’s the end product – it’s about how we work together.

“I don’t care about criticism of our defence. You always pick out things that aren’t right but that’s how goals are.

“When you invest so much in a game like this at the end you want to have it all. Thank God we got it because we play again on Monday (against Sunderland).

“It was difficult. We couldn’t create too many chances. We defended really well. It was a wonderful goal.

“We probably had the bigger chances. The second half our biggest problems were when we gave the ball away. I don’t know of any real chances or them.”

The pre-season title favourites, Man City, are now ten points behind leaders Chelsea, with Pep Guardiola accepting they face an uphill battle to get back into the title race.

“It was an equal game. The goal made it difficult against a team who use the counter attack like a master,” said the City manager.

”The first chance they have they score so it was always difficult. First half we didn’t create much, second half we were a little better.

“It is what it is. There were not too many clear chances. In these kind of games the little details make the difference.

“We have to focus on the next game, not on the target or the Premier League, now is Burnley. Now we start the second road and see what can happen.”

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