Tetchy Klopp defends Liverpool's attitude in Man City collapse

Tetchy Klopp defends Liverpool's attitude in Man City collapse

Gary Lineker took to social media to poke fun at Liverpool FC during their defeat by Manchester City in the Premier League on Thursday night. "I saw City's season and I didn't see a bad game, even when they lost".

Pep Guardiola's men applauded the newly-crowned champions onto the pitch before thumping them 4-0 thanks to goals from Kevin de Bruyne, Raheem Sterling and Phil Foden before Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain put through his own net.

After the match, Jurgen Klopp passionately defended the attitude of his players, especially in the face of questioning from Sky Sports where he felt the fact they had been celebrating was going to be labelled as the reason for the loss.

Klopp: "I think I understood your question in the manner (that) you weren't sure how much it meant to us".

"If there is a team in the world that can smash us like this, it is probably City but we will come again".

"We lacked fluidity and in some situations, 50-50s, they were just quicker than us in mind, that's true as well, that's what they use".

"They used their chances, not all but a lot, and we didn't. Make a few things better and it could look differently, but for tonight that is it", he added.

"We are really in the competition, and it's not just about the other teams like Aston Villa fighting to stay in the league, Brighton fighting to stay in the league", said Klopp.

"Isn't it nice in this league that another team can be champion even when City is around and can play this kind of football, isn't that a surprise as well?"

In his post-match interview with Sky Sports, Sterling was gracious in victory over the team he left for City in acrimonious circumstances in 2015, hailing them as "brilliant" for their title-winning form this season. By the way I do that always because they are incredible.

So far this season, the youngster has made 15 starts and six substitute appearances in the Premier League for the Reds, according to WhoScored.

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