Liverpool under the management of Jurgen Klopp, are still in second place in the Premier League after beating Aston Villa 2-1 in Birmingham on Tuesday night, but they are now equal on points with Manchester City.
Sadio Mane was dubbed a “machine” by Jurgen Klopp after scoring his 15th Premier League goal against Aston Villa on Tuesday.
Mane’s second-half header helped Liverpool come from behind to defeat Villa 2-1 in Birmingham.
Douglas Luiz, a former Manchester City player, scored in the third minute, but Joel Matip equalized for the Reds shortly later.
Liverpool is now in second place in the Premier League, level on points with Manchester City despite having played one more game.
With a win against Wolves at Molineux on Wednesday evening, Pep Guardiola’s team can reclaim a three-point lead over their championship rivals.
Klopp remarked after full-time, “He’s a machine. I told him after the game. Enormous player, massive player.
You can see his physicality, his blend of skill and passion in the moment when everyone has a few yards in their legs. A great, world-class player, top goal.”
After winning the EFL Cup and reaching the finals of both the FA Cup and the Champions League, Liverpool is trying to become the first English team to win the quadruple this season.
Which means they’ll participate in every game available to them.
Klopp responded to the question of whether they’ve gone too far: “We’ll have a problem if we start feeling sorry for ourselves.
No, I don’t believe this should be used as an excuse. We created issues for ourselves by qualifying for all of these finals.”
“It’s a nice thing, but it’s also challenging. People have a propensity to feel sorry for themselves, but this was not the case. We were in the game, and they just went at it.
We knew we had to play before the game, but it wasn’t simple. We had to get control of the situation.
It was good from there. The problem was that we allowed the first goal, which was not in our plans.
But 1-1 was good, and we gradually gained control.” Klopp said of the championship race.
“We are unable to do more. We can’t do anything but win.
Many people felt this would be a stumbling block or a problem, and the boys’ response was wonderful.
So now we get a day off until the final on Saturday. Yes, it will be challenging, but we will be prepared.”
After Fabinho hobbled out of the game, Klopp will be concerned about his fitness.
When questioned, the German said, “Yes, that’s huge. Fab is capable of doing so as well, but he sensed something, which is a major setback for us. I’m hoping it’s not too awful, but I’m not sure.”
After replacing Fabinho, captain Jordan Henderson came on to finish the game.
“Hendo was in good form and had a good game for us.” Klopp said when questioned about the captain.
“You have to make the decisions before the game; nobody had any concerns, and you have to play someone.” He said.
“This is unfortunate for us, but we were able to keep it under control with Naby and Curtis early in the game when they turned in periods when they were not under pressure and we were able to move between the lines.
That is what is truly essential. I’m overjoyed since tonight was very trying.”