Klopp wants improvement after Sevilla draw
Stones stars as City put four past Feyenoord
MANCHESTER City thrashed Dutch champions Feyenoord 4-0 as defender John Stones scored twice to get Pep Guardiola’s side off to a flying Champions League start on Wednesday.
Stones headed home on two minutes after a sublime chip by skipper David Silva, and after Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus had made the win safe, the England centre-back capped off the evening with a second powerful header for a memorable brace.
“The most important thing and what pleased me the most [about the win] is the way in which we did it,” said City coach JURGEN Klopp says the transfer market is not the magic solution to Liverpool’s defensive woes after familiar problems returned to haunt his side on their return to Champions League action against Sevilla.
Dejan Lovren’s slip allowedWissam Ben Yedder to score early in Wednesday’s match at Anfield but goals from Roberto Firmino, who also missed a penalty, and Mohamed Salah appeared to have put the home side in control.
However, with 18 minutes to go the defence switched off and Joaquin Correa equalised. To compound Liverpool’s frustration, Joe Gomez was sent off in added time for a second bookable offence.
The Reds, who lost 5-0 to Manchester Guardiola. “We did not play back . . . We were aggressive . . . We had the legs to run on the side, especially on the right and created the chances. Enough to win the game comfortably.”
To complicate matters for City however, in the other Group F game, fancied Napoli were beaten 2-1 at Shakhtar Donetsk.
In Rotterdam, City tore Feyenoord to pieces as hard-working midfielders Bernardo Silva and Kevin De Bruyne punched holes in the home defence, which was in all sorts of trouble on a stormy evening at a packed De Kuip.
Aguero made it 2-0 after 10 minutes when he hammered in a half-volley from a sublime City in the Premier League at the weekend, were heavily linked with Southampton centre-back Virgil van Dijk in the summer but had to publicly withdraw their interest after a tapping-up row.
With Saints refusing to sell at any price, it was an area of the team that was not strengthened and defensive lapses – not for the first this season – cost them as Sevilla scored from their only two shots on target.
“I know you are always looking for this thing – the defence was always something being talked about: ‘We didn’t sign this or that’,” said Klopp, whose side was returning to Champions League action after a two-season absence.
“If these problems could be solved by cross from Kyle Walker, which flew past goalkeeper Brad Jones. The Argentinian striker has now scored 172 goals for City and is only five short of former England international Eric Brook’s alltime record of 177.
City continued their merciless onslaught, giving the hosts very little space to create chances while continuing to threaten with lightning-fast attacks down the right flank.
The weather did little to improve the fanatical Feyenoord supporters’ mood, as the fans began jeering the players each time the ball was passed back to Jones, who had a busy evening.
The keeper blocked a blister- one player you can imagine we would have put all our money into it and say: ‘Let’s do this.’ It is about being dominant and losing a bit of a grip on the game in all the defensive moments.”
Klopp said there was room for improvement and that his players needed to learn to be dominant and not give away easy goals.
“It is not a general defending problem but we have to improve 100 percent,” said the Liverpool boss.
“It is disappointment, frustration, but that is completely normal,” he added.
“We are responsible for the very good parts in the game and also the not-sogood parts so you have to feel disappointed after a game like this.” ing shot from Aguero which rebounded for Benjamin Mendy to take another shot, bouncing off the Australian again.
Jones could not hold on however and an unmarked Jesus performed the simple task of booting the ball into the back on the net for a debut Champions League goal.
Feyenoord regained some composure in the second half, but it did not take the visitors long to find the back of the net again, this time in the form of a blistering header by Stones from a finely-floated De Bruyne corner.
“John Stones, there is no doubt about his quality,” Guardiola said.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp (left) greets Georginio Wijnaldum after the UEFA Champions League Group E football match against Sevilla at Anfield in Liverpool on Wednesday.
Manchester City’s Argentinian striker Sergio Aguero (centre) has now scored 172 goals for his club.