Liverpool Manager, Jurgen Klopp believe that his side’s victory over Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City days after star man, Philippe Coutinho left the Anfield club is an “important statement”.
The highly entertaining encounter finished 4:3 in Liverpool’s favour to cancel out the league leaders unbeaten start to the season.
Klopp said: “It’s not that I said in a meeting, ‘Boys, it would help a lot if you could win tonight so nobody speaks about Phil Coutinho anymore’.
“We like speaking about him. He’ll still be jumping in his new living room in Barcelona, happy about the win tonight.
“But it was important to show we can play without him and we did that. That’s a very important statement.”
Liverpool scored early in the first half as summer signing from Arsenal, Alex Oxlade Chamberlain fired an unstoppable shot into the far corner. Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and recently crowned African footballer of the year, Mohamed Salah later scored in the second half to put Liverpool ahead again after Leroy Sane had cancelled out Chamberlain’s goal late in the first half.
Bernardo Silva and Ikay Gundogan were on the scoresheet in the second half but it wasn’t enough to earn at least a draw for the Citizens.
Klopp in his post-match press conference said: “You need a really good football team to do that [to City] and, thank God, I have one. They tried really hard today.
“It was just a joy to watch, how both teams threw everything on the pitch. It is a nice commercial for Premier League football.
“The whole world was watching. If someone didn’t watch football until now, now they’ll see why people watch it all the time. I’m really happy about it.”