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Liverpool boss Klopp admits Manchester derby result was ‘what I expected’

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has provided his take on last night’s Manchester derby, revealing that he was not at all surprised by the result.

City come out on top

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s United welcomed City to Old Trafford, for a crunch Premier League clash.

The two sides headed into proceedings with crucial season objectives in-mind, with hosts United battling it out with all of Tottenham, Arsenal and Chelsea for a top-4 berth, and visitors City in the midst of a historic title fight with Liverpool.

As such, despite the differing runs of domestic form being enjoyed by the clubs, a tense outing was widely-predicted at Old Trafford.

The opening 45 minutes held largely-true to this prediction, with clear-cut chances having been few and far between.

However, the second-half saw the sheer superiority of City eventually prove telling, leading Pep Guardiola’s men to a 2-0 victory.

Bernardo Silva opened the game’s scoring 10 minutes after the interval, cutting inside onto his trusty left foot before driving home at David de Gea’s near post.

And Leroy Sane made sure of the Citizens’ win 10 minutes later, finishing off a swift breakaway with another driven finish inside the near post.

‘The result I expected’

Speaking in a press conference this afternoon, one of those to have seen his side affected by City’s 3-point haul last night, in the form of Jurgen Klopp, was questioned on the result in Manchester.

The Sky Blues’ victory saw them leapfrog Liverpool back to the summit of the Premier League table, with 3 games to play.

However, Reds’ boss Klopp, in characteristically open fashion, was quick to admit that City’s superiority over United did not surprise him in the slightest:

‘I watched it and I was completely calm.’

‘It was the result I expected. United tried whatever they can, in the first half especially. But over 95 minutes it was clear they can’t stand up to City at the moment. I was not surprised by the result.’

‘Finally this game was played. For months there was always one game in hand. Now it’s clear. We are one point behind City and if we win our next two games, then it will be decided on the last game. That’s pretty special.’

‘It’s like Highlander. Only one of us will be there at the end.’

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