Mark Lawrenson: Liverpool played like Dortmund at their best under Jurgen Klopp
Former Liverpool defender Mark Lawrenson heaps praise on the Reds
Liverpool played like Borussia Dortmund at their best under Jurgen Klopp in Saturday’s 4-1 win at The Etihad, according to Mark Lawrenson.
The Reds forced the Citizens into an early defensive mistake as France international Eliaquim Mangala poked the ball past his own goalkeeper Joe Hart in the seventh minute.
We were, to be quite frank, absolutely brilliant
Brazilian duo Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino also beat the England number one to leave Liverpool firmly in charge after 32 minutes at Etihad Stadium.
Although Sergio Aguero denied Simon Mignolet a clean sheet before half-time, Slovakia defender Martin Skrtel sealed three points with a powerful half-volley drive with nine minutes remaining.
Former Liverpool defender Lawrenson believes the Reds are starting to resemble a Klopp side after a famous win against one of the Premier League title favourites.
“There’s only one way to describe Liverpool’s emphatic win at the Etihad yesterday,” Lawrenson wrote in his Liverpool Echo column. “They played like Borussia Dortmund at their best under Jurgen Klopp.
“It is remarkable how quickly the Reds have embraced the German’s methods. And it’s remarkable how quickly they have proven effective in the two biggest games of his reign.
“The 3-1 win at Chelsea could at least be partly explained by the Londoners going through a rough patch.
“But the display against Manchester City – and the first half in particular – was of another order entirely.
“We were, to be quite frank, absolutely brilliant.”
Liverpool are six points behind fourth-placed Arsenal following their 4-1 win at The Etihad.
The Reds host Swansea City next weekend.