Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says 7-1 win over Rangers ‘changed the mood’ ahead of Man City showdown | Soccer News

Jurgen Klopp has admitted Rangers’ 7-1 thrashing in the Champions League ‘changed the mood’ at Liverpool ahead of facing Manchester City.

Mohamed Salah scored the fastest hat-trick in Champions League history as Liverpool activated him in the second half to beat Rangers. Liverpool’s spectacular second half, where they scored six goals, meant it was Rangers’ heaviest defeat in a competitive match at Ibrox.

It was a timely boost for Klopp’s men, who will face Manchester City on Sunday, live on sky sports.

“It definitely changed the mood,” Klopp said.

“It’s completely different. We usually drink a beer after away games, but so long ago I had a beer, I’ll probably be drunk after one. Yes, it completely changed the mood , but we all know who we’re hosting on Sunday and it’s going to be a different game, but it’s better to go into it with that feeling we have tonight than any other.”

Two goals from Roberto Firmino sent Liverpool on their way and his clever flick earned Darwin Nunez his second goal in as many games. Substitute Salah, who came on in the 68th minute, then took over, scoring the first of his three goals in the 75th minute and securing the match ball with two more ruthless finishes against the hapless Rangers defence.

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Asked about Salah’s hat-trick, Klopp said: “Special. Typical mo. Very important, the whole thing, how the boys adapted, the positions, the line-up, the reaction of the boys on the pitch, I think everyone who started tonight played very well I can’t think of a single player who didn’t have a good game, the two really good young right and left wingers Fabio [Carvalho] and Harvey [Elliott]and when you can change like we did tonight and the boys come in ready to contribute, then things like that can happen.

“A bizarre result, we all know that, and we’re not doing more than we should, but obviously it’s the best we could have asked for and I’m quite happy.

Liverpool went wild at Ibrox, winning 7-1 and then it was Manchester City
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Liverpool went wild at Ibrox, winning 7-1 and then it was Manchester City

“I’m always ready for a change in the right direction. We’ll see. We don’t have to make much of it, but the best football team in the world at the moment are waiting on Sunday and coming to Anfield. We’ll see what we do. can do. It was for us – for different reasons – incredibly important. Now we have to recover.”

Do you watch Manchester City? Sparks can fly on Sunday

Lewis Jones of Sky Sports writes:

Was it bubbly enough for you, Didi?

Those weren’t Jurgen Klopp’s words, but you get the feeling he would have liked to have gone that route from Didi Hamman when he was pressed after Liverpool’s frantic display at Ibrox, which ended up being the most Rangers’ big home defeat in a competitive home game. Klopp admitted the 7-1 thrashing ‘changed the mood’ in the dressing room, but will this result be the catalyst for a game-changer for Liverpool?

In terms of spark levels, this performance was the level of color and excitement of New Years Eve fireworks night. Well, for 45 minutes, it was.

Klopp’s decision to bench Mohamed Salah actually seemed like a foolish decision at the end of the first half. His boys stagnated in attack with Darwin Nunez fumbling and stumbling across the front line and they were cut off at the other end. Few would have predicted what would happen after the break. Roberto Firmino laid the groundwork for the abrupt change in intensity as his winning streak continues.

Only Erling Haaland (23) has more goals for a Premier League club in all competitions this season than Firmino, who has eight goals and four assists to his name. He dazzled but it was his old friend Salah who provided the main story, returning to goalscoring form in devastating fashion. Yes, here is a player who has not scored in the Premier League since August 22.

Bench Salah, huh? Maybe Klopp knows what he’s doing. It was as easy as one, two, three.

And, like the team itself, something hasn’t clicked for the Egyptian so far. Klopp hopes this is just the start, with arch-rivals Liverpool in sight this Sunday. Manchester City are at Anfield – live on Sky Sports – and Liverpool may have found their spark at the right time.

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