Jurgen Klopp says the nature of the game at the Etihad on Thursday evening was ‘pretty intense’ as his side slumped to its first defeat of the season against City.
After going 20 games unbeaten and looking to extend a nine-game winning streak to 10 with a victory against Manchester City, the Reds were finally felled by the team that will now pursue them without abandon for the remainder of the season.
It was a game of fine margins as Liverpool could have been 1-0 up midway through the first half had the ball been 1.12cm further over the goal line but as it is, Liverpool are still four points clear of Manchester City.
When asked for his view of how the game in Manchester went, Klopp summed the game up as being “pretty intense”.
Klopp told reporters: “[It was] pretty intense. It had wild moments, both teams obviously have a lot of respect for each other.
“Let me say it like this we [have] played better games but we took the intensity today. City had a few more moments when they controlled the game, but we had these moments as well – not as long or maybe as often as City, but it’s an away game and that’s absolutely OK.
“And the opponent is City and they are used to it much longer than we are. In the end, you can say post [and] in or post [and] out can make a massive difference – today we witnessed that.
“I don’t know exactly, but I heard it was pretty close with our goal [Mane’s chance]. Then we could have scored two; of course, City had counter-attacks, especially when we lost the ball, it was really dangerous.”