Jurgen Klopp makes admission over Liverpool failing against Man City

Liverpool's German manager Jurgen Klopp (R) looks on ahead of the English Premier League football match between Manchester City and Liverpool at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, north west England, on November 8, 2020.

Jurgen Klopp admits Liverpool failed to capitalise on their first-half dominance during a lively stalemate at Manchester City.

With Roberto Firmino recalled to form a front four with Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Diogo Jota, the Reds dominated possession in the opening quarter of the Premier League clash on Sunday.

However, a failure to choose the correct final pass or deliver a shot meant they had only Mohamed Salah’s 13th-minute penalty to show for their efforts.

Kevin De Bruyne’s cross provided Gabriel Jesus with an equaliser for City on 31 minutes before the Belgian missed a penalty shortly before half-time.

And Klopp said: “I actually like the whole game but the start was probably the best period.

“Especially against City, you have to use your chances or create even more. We had really top football moments but for the football we played in that period we didn’t have enough, 100%.

“That is normal, nothing I’m too concerned about. Then you just have to stay in the game.

“We scored our goal and then were not that compact for 10 minutes or so and immediately the difference-maker Kevin De Bruyne was between the lines, turns, ball in the box and they score and they then get the penalty.”

Klopp added: “Usually when we play City afterwards I have to say how Ali has made a world class save and this kind of thing, City usually have more chances, but this time they didn’t and that is a compliment to my boys.

“I loved the energy level of both teams, it was a proper fight on the highest level. I’m really happy with the result and the performance.”

Klopp explained the decision to start with the front four and believes it caught City unaware during the early exchanges.

“When you can do it against City then you can do it in other games as well,” he said.

“It is not something we use all the time but there are games we can use it and that is good.

“We thought we wanted to use the skills and power of the game up front in specific moments to cause City problems.

“We all like to prepare a game in the way we know what the opposition are doing, and I don’t think they knew we were doing it.”

City’s penalty was awarded for a handball against Joe Gomez from a De Bruyne cross despite the Liverpool defender attempting to move his arm out of the way when it was struck by the ball.

Referee Craig Pawson initially didn’t give the spot kick before being advised by VAR to consult his pitchside monitor, after which he reversed the decision.

And while Klopp admitted he hadn’t seen a replay of the incident, he again queried how the technology is being applied.

“I didn’t see it yet,” the Liverpool boss said when asked after the match. “But I don’t think it is too important.

“It sounds to me that it is not 100% clear but I can’t say anything because I didn’t see it. I saw only Joe’s back at that moment when the ball hit him.

“Handball, offside, all these things, I don’t know why we constantly talk about it and not the people who can make a difference.

“Maybe they are the only people who think it is exactly right and we are the only ones who don’t.

“I saw yesterday another offside with an armpit (Patrick Bamford of Leeds United at Crystal Palace).

“I can’t wait for the first time a player scores a goal with the armpit!”

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