Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has much more reason to be cheerful following the massive 1-0 win over rivals Manchester City after receiving an unexpected boost through the match. Mohamed Salah’s sensational solo goal proved the difference, but that was removed from the total story as Phil Foden had a goal disallowed while Klopp himself was shown a red card.
The feisty Premier League clash proved a handful for referee Anthony Taylor with each managers seemingly frustrated with the officiating at times. Despite Klopp seeing red, the Liverpool manager was delighted with how his side performed against a City side who had been averaging greater than three goals a game within the league beforehand.
“Result, perfect; performance, really, really good in an incredibly intense game,” he said. “We defended at an incredibly high level for 99 minutes and had really good footballing moments.
“We scored one goal and will have scored more. That they had their moments as well but, especially within the box, we did extremely well. We won nearly all of the duels. I believe there was one free header from Haaland.
“We showed up today and that is what we desired to do.” However the win also overshadowed the surprising return to fitness of Trent Alexander-Arnold.
The 24-year-old picked up an injury within the defeat to Arsenal and it was reported that he was set to be out of motion for no less than two weeks. That will have seen Alexander-Arnold unlikely return until Liverpool’s trip to Ajax later this month.
Nevertheless, Alexander-Arnold was included within the matchday squad to face City and he even got here on within the dying minutes at an important stage of the sport. He did not have much to do in his cameo appearance, nevertheless it’s a sign that Alexander-Arnold will probably be available to start out much sooner than anticipated.
Whether or not Wednesday’s game against West Ham comes too soon for the full-back stays to be seen. But Klopp will probably be delighted to see the England international making a speedy recovery at a time when Liverpool players seem like picking up injuries at an alarming rate.
The Liverpool boss was dealt a blow before the sport against City as Ibrahima Konate was ruled out with a muscle injury. But Alexander-Arnold returning sooner than expected will come as an enormous sigh of relief for Klopp.