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Guardiola blames Liverpool’s defensive style for Man City loss

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Guardiola blames Liverpool's defensive style for Man City loss

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has referred to Liverpool as ‘masters of counter-attacks’ after his side were defeated 1-0 at Anfield on Saturday.

The Jurgen Klopp side maintained their pursuit of Premier League leaders Chelsea as they stayed within six points after Georginio Wijnaldum’s soaring eighth- minute header from Adam Lallana’s cross
gave the Reds the win.

“It was an equal game. The goal made it difficult against a team who use the counter-attack like a master,” Guardiola said in a post-match chat with reporters.

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“We have to wake up for another game. We need to focus and work – we can’t think about the big goals,” Pep added.

But in what seems to be a rejoinder, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp said he doesn’t care about the criticism of his defensive style, and reiterated that his side has the lowest number of shots on goal so far
in this campaign.

“I know everyone talks about our defence. It’s not about avoiding goals – that’s the end product – it’s about how we work together.

“I think we have the smallest number of shots on our goal in the league. Tonight the concentration level was outstanding.

“I don’t care about criticism of our defence. You always pick out things that aren’t right but that’s how goals are,” Klopp stated.

Liverpool are now second on the table with 43 points, while Manchester City are third with 39 points – two points clear of fourth placed Arsenal, who will play their outstanding match against Crystal Palace on Sunday.

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