Jurgen Klopp says he shared a joke with Maurizio Sarri about the frenetic nature of Liverpool’s last-gasp draw against Chelsea last weekend – and he’s hoping for more of the same against Manchester City.
The Merseysiders were knocked out of the Carabao Cup at the hands of Chelsea at Anfield, but responded with a deserved point at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League just a few days later.
Next up, Klopp’s side host reigning champions City on Sunday afternoon and he is expecting another exciting, attacking match between two adventurous teams – even going as far as to say it is his duty to entertain.
Liverpool thrilled at Stamford Bridge, getting the goal they deserved late on (Picture: Getty)
Asked if he enjoys how end-to-end many Liverpool matches are, he replied: ‘If you win at the end, yes. During the game, yes.
"I had it last week after we drew at Chelsea, when I turned to Maurizio Sarri and he was smiling, and he looked at me and said 'you enjoyed that, eh?' and I was like, 'Yeah, actually I do'.
"I have to say I loved that game, this was a very good game – and the City games were good games. I’ve said it a few times, and I’ll say it again, I really think the most important thing, the most important job, of football is entertaining the people.
"Because it’s only football, it’s nothing else, we don’t save lives. We don’t plant anything, create anything, we are not good in surgeries, whatever. We are only good in football. If we don’t entertain the people why are we playing then?
Klopp believes his side will need to give everything they have to beat City (Getty)
"It’s not always possible, and it’s always hard work – especially if you’re entertaining people – but it’s a really important thing why we have to try to create constantly, or as often as possible. And Pep’s teams are best in that. And I can admit that because it’s so obvious.
"We are not bad in a few other things and that’s why we are not the most comfortable opponent for City in the past, but that means nothing for Sunday. We need to be at 100%, if not 110%, to deal with the quality of City."