Klopp happy with win over Stoke…now Liverpool boss eyes massive match against Manchester City

Jurgen Klopp

Jurgen Klopp watched Liverpool close the gap on Premier League leaders Chelsea to six points and move to second in the table with a 4-1 win over Stoke.

Adam Lallana and Roberto Firmino scored before the break after Jon Walters headed home to give Stoke a shock lead. Then Giannelli Imbula diverted Divock Origi’s cross into his own net for 3-1, before Daniel Sturridge wrapped things up.

Now Klopp is readying his charges for the crucial clash against Manchester City on New Year’s Eve — and their boss, Pep Guardiola, was at Anfield watching proceedings to run the rule over the Reds.

Klopp said:

“It is a big game for both of us. I heard Pep was in the stadium tonight; I am not sure he watched a lot of games in the last few weeks from the stadiums of the opponents, so that’s a first sign it’s a special game and we are already looking forward to it.”

“It’s a difficult game for both teams, but exciting and the best thing is it’s at Anfield. I am really looking forward to it. They are an outstandingly good side and we are not too bad, so it will be a nice game.”

Meanwhile Klopp singled out Sturridge for his goal and says the striker’s finish was all about natural talent.

He added:

“I was more than pleased, it was a perfect goal. In a situation like this, 3-1 up but still intense, and then you can then use the quality Daniel has, that’s perfect.

“In this moment, you can learn a lot of things in life, but not being in this position in this moment – that’s natural and doing what he did was perfect. It was a wonderful goal. It was very, very important because it closed the game and gave us the opportunity to cool down a little bit.”