Jurgen Klopp defended his decision to drop Fabinho to the bench for the test at Manchester City after being asked about the decision in his post-match press conference.

Liverpool were unfortunate to slip to their first defeat of the season and while it means their lead at the top of the table has been cut to just four points, there is no worry in the camp that their title bid is at risk.

As the numbers in the league table suggest, the Reds have been the best side in the Premier League this season and there will still be huge confidence at Liverpool that this season can be historic.

One of the big question marks from the City game is over Klopp’s choice to leave Fabinho on the bench and given the impact he made when he came on, it does seem slightly dubious in retrospect.

 

Klopp responded to a question over Fabinho starting from the bench, saying: “I think system-wise there was not a real alternative in the beginning, especially when we adapted then pretty well after we changed system, but actually only I think because Gini played really well then on the left wing, on the half-left, or whatever.

“Of course Fabinho was good, but Hendo was really impressive [too]. Offensively I think we had already more moments in the game, but obviously when we played football, and that’s what we showed the boys at half-time, immediately we were a major threat for them.

“We came through, we passed through, the chance of Sadio was brilliant, we had other moments when we played the ball and when we took it and accelerated. If you can outplay their counter-press then each team in the world struggles, even Man City, and we had these moments.”