This has been a magnificent year for Liverpool. The Reds have won the international treble in 2019, becoming the first English side to do so. Liverpool will finish the year on top of the league and look set to win their first top division title for 30 years. A journalist asked the gaffer if he’d reached footballing perfection, Jürgen Klopp told him that a perfect moment was the second goal against Manchester City.
The game in question could turn out to be a decisive one in the Premier League reckoning. The Reds welcomed the champions to Anfield in November and finished the day nine points clear of them.
A wonder goal from Fabinho was followed by strikes from Mo Salah and Sadio Mane to give the Reds a 3-0 lead over City before Bernardo Silva notched a consolation goal late on.
When asked at his pre-match press conference, broadcast on the club’s official site, how close his team is to footballing perfection the gaffer replied:
“There are perfect moments in a game. A perfect moment in a game was the 2-0 against Manchester City, a perfect moment in a football game. It was a diagonal ball from Trent Alexander-Arnold to Andy Robertson and after two touches he fires the ball back to the right side and Mo Salah with his header after the ball drops on the ground which is then not easy to judge – that’s a perfect moment in a football game.”
What RTK has to say
It is hard to argue with Jürgen Klopp that the Salah goal against Manchester City was perfect. It is one of our favourite goals of the year, maybe even the decade, just because of its sheer brilliance at every point.
The ball from Trent was inch perfect, the cross from Robbo was sublime and the composure from Mo Salah was second to none. The boss is right – there’s no such thing as a perfect team but there are perfect moments. At the moment we are having more perfect moments than anybody else.