Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp was critical of his players after their 4-1 Premier League loss to Manchester City
Jurgen Klopp admitted that too many of his players performed poorly for Liverpool to have a chance of beating Manchester City on Saturday.
At the Etihad, Mohamed Salah gave Liverpool a first-half lead, only for Julian Alvarez to equalize just before the half-hour mark. Kevin De Bruyne, Ilkay Gundogan, and Jack Grealish scored in the second half to give City a 4-1 victory.
And, speaking after the game, Klopp revealed that only four of his players delivered performances that could be considered “okay.”
“You know, you don’t know 100% if the team started like this or the players started like this or whatever,” Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said after the game. “If you look at the game, we had maybe four okay performances.”
“The two midfielders, Hendo (Jordan Henderson) and Fab (Fabinho), worked extremely hard.” They attempted to fill gaps. Cody (Gakpo), especially in possession, and, of course, Ali (Alisson Becker).
The defeat at the Etihad, combined with other results later in the afternoon, leaves the Reds in eighth place, seven points behind fourth-placed Tottenham Hotspur, who visit Everton on Monday.
Before that, Newcastle United will host third-placed Manchester United. A win for Newcastle would move them above Tottenham and Manchester United into third place.