Juergen Klopp and Pep Guardiola insisted that Liverpool had been absolutely centered and hadn’t taken their foot off the gasoline, regardless of Manchester City’s snug 4-0 win over the newly topped champions at the Etihad on Thursday.
City regarded sharper and hungrier for many of the recreation, taking a 3-Zero lead by half-time, whereas Klopp’s Liverpool were effectively beneath their normal ranges of depth.
Liverpool had beforehand misplaced just one league recreation this season, main some observers to recommend final week’s title win – their first in 30 years – and subsequent celebrations had affected play on Thursday.
But supervisor Klopp was having none of it.
“If you want to lead this story in the direction that we we’re not focused, then do it,” Klopp mentioned. “I liked my teams’ attitude – I saw a brilliant attitude – I saw boys who were fighting with all they have.
“It has nothing to do with final week, to be trustworthy. It hurts like defeats harm. What I needed to see tonight was a workforce who is able to battle in opposition to Man City, who clearly had some extent to show,” the German said.
“If there’s a workforce on this planet that may smash us like this, it’s in all probability City however we are going to come once more. Make just a few issues higher and it might look in another way, however for tonight that’s it,” he added.
Saw a team with incredible focus: Guardiola
City manager Guardiola said there was no question of Liverpool having suffered any kind of ‘hangover’ from their title win.
“I believe they drunk a whole lot of beer the final week, however they were right here with no beer of their blood and to win this recreation,” the Spaniard said.
“I noticed a workforce with unbelievable focus, with vitality and a need to win the sport, and I noticed from the primary minute they were centered to play onerous,” he added.