Jurgen Klopp reveals reaction to Man City’s 8-0 mauling of Watford with Liverpool boss joking: ‘I slept pre

Jurgen Klopp reveals reaction to Man City’s 8-0 mauling of Watford with Liverpool boss joking: ‘I slept pre
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Jurgen Klopp insists Manchester City’s mauling of Watford did not make him lose any sleep.

Liverpool beat Chelsea 2-1 at Stamford Bridge on Sunday – their 15th league win in a row – to restore their five-point gap at the top of the Premier League.

Roberto Firmino scored what proved to be the winning goal for Liverpool

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Roberto Firmino scored what proved to be the winning goal for Liverpool

It came 24 hours after reigning champions City posted a club-record 8-0 victory against the Hornets and this fascinating battle between the two teams continues.

Klopp, who watched City’s highlights after training on Saturday, says Liverpool have the early advantage because they have more points.

Asked what he thought of City’s win, the German replied: “I wanted to see the goals. I saw a 2:50 summary when we left the training pitch. I saw eight goals and three times the woodwork.

“I have to watch fully to really understand it. If it can happen against anyone it can happen against City. It happened to us a few years ago when we lost 5-0.

“If you have 10 men the worst place in the world is Manchester City but [Saturday night] I slept pretty well.

“This type of football not a lot of teams can play, but we play in our way, we try to win football games. In the end, we need to get the points, there is no competition in technical things, it is about the points.

“I still don’t see that it is only two teams. At the moment we don’t have to think about it. It’s matchday six, we are talking about the title with 32 games to go, I think that it is a bit early.”

Klopp was pleased to see his side emerge victorious against Chelsea in what was a tough encounter, but says Liverpool’s decision-making needs to improve.

He said: “Poor decision-making, our passes in decisive moments, next week we’ll talk about something else probably.

“But winning a ball is good, but if you win the ball, you have to make the right decision in space.

“They do that very often, really good, but Chelsea is a proper, proper football team, so it was hard, it was a really hard shift today.

“The boys did it and I’m really pleased about that.”

First-half goals from Trent Alexander-Arnold and Roberto Firmino gave Liverpool a 2-0 lead at Stamford Bridge, before N’Golo Kante pulled one back for the hosts.

The Reds had to defend a barrage of Chelsea attacks late on, and were let off the hook when Mason Mount skied a huge chance in the 90th minute.

Klopp added: “We had to fight for it, and the boys were ready for that. I’m really happy about the way we played today.

“We have a lot of things to improve, but it’s always like this.

“There were so many good pressing situations, so smart how we defended, how we closed them down, then winning the ball.

“Unfortunately, the stuff we did with the ball was not often good enough. But for the goals, we had set-pieces and it was brilliant.

“We could have scored three and four after half-time, they were really big chances. But we didn’t do that, so the game was open, but we fought hard for it and we deserved it.”