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Reds now on City's level, says Klopp despite loss

06 Janvier 2019

Blackburn put three straight defeats behind them to pull off a shock win against West Brom on New Year's Day, but that was at Ewood Park, and Tony Mowbray's men have been pretty dire on the road this term. "We can use that to our advantage and we'll look forward to the games ahead now".

However, Klopp believes that it was a certain red card for endangering his player, whilst he summarised his thoughts on an "unlucky" night for the Reds.

"I said it after the game against City at home that they missed a penalty, that could have been a defeat and it wasn't, so things like that".

Taking it could determine the next six months of his career, with a move to his native Portugal to get more game time possible, though he may be offered a first team role at Liverpool if he impresses.

Klopp insisted Kompany should have been sent off during Manchester City's 2-1 win over the Reds. Nine of The Guardian's writers predicted that Leicester would be relegated... and they ended up doing quite a lot better than that.

In the game's first real scoring chance, Manchester City miraculously avoided going down in the 18th minute.

"How I saw the game it was unlucky in decisive moments but that is absolutely okay because you can not always be on the lucky side".

"We have to try our best in every game we play and so far, not only this season but especially this season, that's what the boys did - and that's what we will try again and again and again and we will see what happens". The goal-line technology ruled out Mane's shot, which was found only 1.12 cm away from being a goal.

If Liverpool had taken the lead then, I think they would have gone on to win the game because City were just starting to rock a little bit after making such a high-tempo start.

"I really like Vincent Kompany", Klopp said in his Sky post-match interview.

Former Manchester United defender Gary Neville, however, saw City's victory and in particular the manner of it, as a sign of champion quality.

City are not the force they were last season, by any means, and the style of last season's title success was replaced by a more direct, uncompromising approach against Liverpool.

"Most of the time in the Premier League City don't have to defend because they outplay most sides".

Fernandinho has warned Liverpool that it is tough at the top, with a reinvigorated Manchester City ready to pounce on any slip-ups if the pressure becomes too much for them.

In these kind of games, against the top teams, you can not afford to switch off for a second, even when you have the momentum.

Reds now on City's level, says Klopp despite loss