Brick throw after bankruptcy against City
AEven without top scorer Erling Haaland, Manchester City was a size too big for Jürgen Klopp’s Liverpool FC. Coach Pep Guardiola’s English football champions deservedly won 4-1 against the “Reds”, the title rival of recent years, had no chance, much to the annoyance of the German coach. “If you want to get something here, then you have to play with eleven players,” complained Klopp after the ninth defeat of the season. “Again, that was not the case.”
Even before the match, the 55-year-old announced a transfer offensive in the summer. “We will invest,” said Klopp. “The club will definitely invest.” According to Klopp, only Jordan Henderson, Fabinho, Cody Gakpo and goalkeeper Alisson Becker were able to compete against the high-speed football of Kevin De Bruyne and Co. on Saturday. “They could do whatever they wanted,” complained the former Bundesliga coach.
Europa League in danger
Despite Mohamed Salah’s 1-0 lead (17th minute), his team was lucky because City didn’t go for the next goal with full energy after the 3-1 lead. “We were lucky that they weren’t in such a greedy mood,” said the former Borussia Dortmund coach. “The fact that they scored just one more goal is good, thank you. It could have been different.” World champion Julian Alvarez (27′), De Bruyne (46′), Ilkay Gündogan (53′) and the outstanding Jack Grealish (74′) scored for the champion.
For Liverpool, even the Europa League is now in danger. Brighton & Hove Albion and Brentford FC passed on Saturday. On Tuesday (9 p.m. / Sky) Chelsea, who are also in trouble, will face the duel of the biggest Premier League disappointments this season.
Guardiola, on the other hand, has very different plans with Manchester City. The Premier League title is not written off yet, and then the club hopes for the Champions League. Bayern Munich’s quarter-final opponents showed the most beautiful offensive football against Liverpool, even without Haaland, who was still ailing. The former Dortmund player is expected to return to Southampton next weekend. “I spoke to him yesterday,” said Guardiola. “He feels well”.
Attack on team bus
There was another shocking moment for Liverpool FC after the game: On the way home, a brick was thrown at the team bus. According to the police, a window was broken, and there were no injuries in the team.
“The Liverpool FC coach was able to continue its journey. Greater Manchester Police have now launched an investigation to identify and locate the perpetrators,” police said in a statement on Saturday night.
Manchester City condemned the incident. “We learned that an object was thrown at the bus in a residential area. Incidents of this nature are totally unacceptable and we strongly condemn the actions of those responsible,” the statement said.
During the game, there had already been ugly scenes in the spectator stands when City fans taunted the “Reds” supporters. The “Citizens” were “disappointed” with the “inappropriate chants” of their own fans. “We regret any offense these chants may have caused and will continue to work with fan groups and officials from both clubs to eradicate hateful chants from this game,” the club said.