Gary Neville says “fantastic” Liverpool executed Jurgen Klopp’s tactics brilliantly in their 4-1 victory at Manchester City on Saturday, Sky Sports reports. The Reds boss saw his side race into a 3-0 lead inside 31 minutes before seeing out a 4-1 win with few problems.
Sky Sports football expert Neville believes Klopp countered Manuel Pellegrini’s attacking line-up and then watched his players take their chances when the opportunities arose. “They were fantastic,” he said on The Gary Neville Podcast.
“Even before they scored, we noticed the belief and their intent to pass the ball really quickly and brightly. City couldn’t cope – they looked really sluggish in the first half. “People talk about the frantic press of Klopp’s teams and the pressing from the front. It wasn’t necessarily all about that against City – it was all about dropping off and then springing into counter-attacks.
“The transition was devastating from Liverpool and Jurgen Klopp. “They knew that City would spread their full-backs wide and their wingers would go wide too, meaning the two centre-backs and central midfielders could get isolated. “The game plan was executed brilliantly. Klopp will be delighted as he’d have worked on it all week and his team have gone and done it for him.”
Liverpool have now scored as many goals in their last two away Premier League games (seven) as they managed in their 11 before that.