Jurgen Klopp fumes over Vincent Kompany foul on Mohamed Salah

Jurgen Klopp’s influence on Liverpool’s psychology is more encouraging than their points or position

Liverpool improved when Fabinho came on but overall City were the better side on the night.

The half also saw Vincent Kompany somewhat lucky to stay on the pitch after the Belgian picked up only a yellow card for a unsafe challenge on Mohamed Salah.

The midfielder pointed to the manner of the victory, in which Leroy Sané scored the victor after Roberto Firmino had cancelled out Sergio Agüero's opener.

City's first win over their title rivals in five attempts reduced the gap at the top to four points with 17 matches remaining.

After going 20 games unbeaten and looking to extend a nine-game winning streak to 10 with a victory against Manchester City, the Reds were finally felled by the team that will now pursue them without abandon for the remainder of the season.

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"I have so much faith in my players you can't imagine", he said.

City was spared from going behind by just 11 millimeters (0.4 inches) of the ball failing to cross the line in the 18th minute.

City have been tested and come through - they won the title a year ago and contain a core of players who also won the Premier League in 2012 and 2014.

"It was that or let him go through on goal and the decision was made very quickly in my head". Do we need an open something (wound)'. "It was important we played with courage in our game and we were aggressive in our pressing".

Mark Lawrenson was speaking to BBC Sport's Chris Bevan. Why should we behave like somebody who has won it all the time? Raheem Sterling cut in from the left and slipped the ball through to Sane, who fired a shot past Alexander-Arnold and in off the post.

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"It was a final for us, because losing today it was nearly over", said Guardiola.

"We have never won it as a team". We lost it but it will happen.

Jurgen Klopp's side have lost four times previously in other competitions - most notably in the Champions League where they failed to gain a point away from home but still progressed to the last-16 - so defeat is not a new experience for them.

"I would have paid money for it you can not believe", Klopp said.

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