I was convinced we could win but that’s good because it was a deserved draw, claims Jurgen Klopp

Jurgen Klopp has admitted his side could have secured a win in their crucial game against Manchester City, while acknowledging a draw was a fair result as both sides were outstanding throughout the affair. Liverpool and City played out a 2-2 Premier League draw on Sunday.

Manchester City hosted Liverpool at the Etihad Stadium for an exciting game which was to have strong implications for the heated title race underway. City made the best start to the game in Kevin De Bruyne converted from wide after a deflection from Joel Matip in the 6th minute to open the scoring. The Reds responded in the 13th minute as Sadio Mane put Diogo Jota inside the box for an easy finish past Ederson. City regained the lead in the 37th minute as Gabriel Jesus finished Joao Cancelo’s cross at the far post.

Liverpool grabbed the equalizer just after 48 seconds in the second half as Mohamed Salah set up Mane for an emphatic finish. Neither team managed to score the decisive goal despite a few chances and the game ended in a 2-2 draw. The result means both teams have everything to play for in the remaining seven games of the season, although they will face off again next Saturday in the FA Cup semi-finals. But in the aftermath, Reds boss Klopp admitted it was a fair result and revealed what he told his side at half-time.

“We showed [our] because it was a very good football situation and if we did more we would have chances. I was convinced that we could win this match. They were more direct than us today. Defensively we were in a rush at times, they put us under pressure and we can defend those situations better,” Klopp told reporters after the game.

“The second half was really intense, they also needed breaks. Their decision-making is really good and they always pick the right player. I think it’s a perfect and deserved draw. We wanted to make sure that ‘they see my boys are exceptional as well,’ he added.

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