Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp explains muted celebrations in Man City win

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has revealed he didn’t wildly celebrate his side’s first goal against Manchester City because of VAR.

The Reds boosted their chances of winning the Premier League title with an emphatic victory over the defending champions at Anfield.

City looked bright early on but a quickfire double from Fabinho and Mohamed Salah set Liverpool on course to pick up all three points.

Sadio Mane added a third for the Merseysiders, before Bernardo Silva responded, to make it a brilliant afternoon for Klopp and his side.

And the Liverpool manager has explained VAR stopped him wildly celebrating Fabinho’s goal, saying: “The problem was the VAR.

“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.

“All the games against City were pretty much like this apart from last season’s home game. That was more controlled. This was not the most beautiful and most controlled but it was very lively, I like that.”

Klopp also hailed his Liverpool side and was impressed by his players’ willingness to take risks throughout the showdown.

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

“It was so tough to play, the intensity of the game was so clear. It was all worth it, really great.

“They pass the ball from outside, Sterling. How good did we defend him until then? Because you saw what happens when we don’t defend him anymore.

“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.”

Guardiola was left upset with the result.

But he insisted he was happy with his players, telling Sky Sports: “Congratulations to Liverpool, they scored three, we got one.

“But I’m so proud of my team, few teams can come here and play the way that we did.

“We started incredibly well, we showed incredible bravery, they are the champions of Europe and it is the most difficult stadium in the world.

“They had two shots and it was two goals.

“It’s not easy after being two goals down to react the way we reacted. It was one of the best performances I have ever seen from my team.

“That’s what we needed and hopefully we can continue to make the steps we need.”

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