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Klopp: Focus, fight ‘the only way we can beat City’

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LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 10: Liverpool Manager Jurgen Klopp celebrates after the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Manchester City at Anfield on November 10, 2019 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Chloe Knott - Danehouse/Getty Images)

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When there’s been an exciting match, especially if his team won it, go immediately to Jurgen Klopp for the best kind of content.

Liverpool beat Man City 3-1 on Sunday, smacking the champs in the mouth with a two-goal first half and battling hard to maintain the advantage of 90 minutes.

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Klopp knows how difficult of a task that was for his men, and how impressive it was that they came out alive.

“They were good,” he said. “Oh they were good and we had to defend with all we had but we scored incredible goals.”

Go on, Jurgen....

“The boys were completely focused and concentrated. It was so good. It is the only way we can beat City, maybe other teams can do it a different way but this is the only way we can beat them.”

What about the uncalled handball on Trent Alexander-Arnold before the Fabinho opener, Jurgen?

“I saw the discussions before the first goal and I was just waiting. It is not the same anymore but it is no problem. I can celebrate tonight.”

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And he will, deservedly so. Liverpool and Man City gave soccer fans a true show on Sunday, one that may not have provided as many thrills had Alexander-Arnold’s foul been spotted. In the end, it’s a eight-point table lead for Liverpool (nine ahead of City).

We saw the Reds blow a similar lead later in last season, but this isn’t the same team. Klopp is right to be thrilled, relieved, whatever verb he wants after this big win.

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