Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp looks dejected after losing the match (Photo: Reuters)
Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp praised his players' performance in the FA Community Shield match against Manchester City on Sunday, despite losing the game on penalties 4-5 after drawing 1-1.
"I don’t like the result, but I liked the game a lot, so for us it was very, very important," the German coach told Liverpool's official website.
"I’m completely happy about the full performance. I said before the game, if you want to be prepared for Man City you have to make a pre-season game against Man City; no team plays like them," he added.
Manchester City scored first by Raheem Sterling, before Liverpool's Joel Matip equalizes for his side.
Liverpool controlled the game, especially in the second half when the Reds missed many chances to score; the most notable chance was Mohamed Salah's header in the stoppage time which was heroically saved by Man City's full back Kyle Walker.
Meanwhile, Manchester City's boss Pep Guardiola praised the Champions League winners Liverpool, expressing how happy he was to have faced the Reds ahead of the season.
"They are a top-class team. The difference was one penalty. It’s good to face them to see how well prepared we have to be to try and win the titles," the former Barcelona told Manchester City's official website.
"I don’t think there will be two contenders to win the Premier League. United have signed Maguire. There will be many contenders this time," the Spaniard coach concluded.
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