Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says the 7-1 win against Rangers in the Champions League has completely changed the mood of the team ahead of the English derby with Manchester City on Sunday. The Reds have endured a difficult start to the 2022/23 season, particularly in the Premier League, where they are 10th with 10 points from eight games. Klopp’s team also lost their first game of the SHL with 1:4 away from Napoli, which further complicated the situation.
Wednesday’s emphatic win in Glasgow, which included a hat-trick from Mohamed Salah in the space of six minutes and 12 seconds, came at the right time ahead of the clash with reigning champions Manchester City. Klopp smiled and even joked that it had been so long since he’d had a beer at an away Liverpool win that he’d be drunk after the first one.
“It definitely changed the mood,” Klopp told reporters. “It’s completely different. We usually have a beer after away wins, but I haven’t had a beer for so long on this occasion and I’ll probably have one. We all know who we meet on Sunday and it will be a different game. It’s better to go into the game with the feeling we have tonight.”
“Diogo Jota didn’t start because this morning it turned out he had a slight muscle problem. He could play, but he shouldn’t play for too long, so my decision was right,” Klopp said.
Of the meeting with City on Sunday, he added: “We don’t need to do anything different than that, but the best football team in the world at the moment is coming to Anfield on Sunday. We’ll see what we can do, but we shouldn’t open our mouths. For us, this victory was incredibly important for a number of reasons. Yes, 7:1 is a strange result, we know it,” said Jurgen Klopp.