Jurgen Klopp has insisted that Liverpool will have to do something ‘special’ if they are to beat an in-form Manchester City on Sunday.
After a dominant showing last term, the champions haven’t had it all their own way this season and currently find themselves seven points adrift of leaders City, and having played a game more than Pep Guardiola’s side.
The Reds most recent league game saw them suffer defeat at the hands of struggling Brighton, meaning they have now lost back-to-back home matches after having previously gone 68 games unbeaten at Anfield.
Klopp’s men now have an uphill task to try and reclaim their title, with Sunday’s game the perfect opportunity to try and revive their season.
With City currently on a superb 20-game unbeaten run in all competitions, however, getting a victory certainly won’t be easy, with Klopp admitting that his side will have ‘to make special things happen’ in order get a result.
“The situation [now compared with January 2019] is completely different but, yes, of course, things can change really quickly,” the Liverpool boss said at his pre-match press conference.
“There are a lot of things to consider for a game like this, a lot of things to think about, but in the end we have to play football on a high level because you don’t get easy chances against City. You have to make special things happen, and that is what we will try.”
The Reds will be hoping to improve upon that lacklustre display in the defeat to Graham Potter’s side, the former Borussia Dortmund boss explaining what went wrong for his players.
“It is about the tempo of the ball,” he said. “Everything was open but they could close the gap because the ball was not [passed] hard enough.
“Otherwise we would have been in brilliant positions. We have the ball, no pressure, we have two or three runners … we destroy with our backside what we build with our hands.”