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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp believes that their draw with Manchester City over the weekend was like a boxing match with both the title rivals trading blows. Liverpool twice came from behind to salvage a draw. Kevin De Bruyne gave City the lead before Diogo Jota equalized in the first half. Gabriel Jesus gave the hosts the lead again before Sadio Mane equalized a minute after the break.

“It was like a boxing fight. You have your arms down for a second and get a massive knock and you shake a little,” Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp said. “I liked a lot of things. I thought we were closer than ever. The second-half start was much better. City really tried obviously things like balls in behind. It makes sense when you have these smart runs. In moments when we tried to breathe a little bit, another one comes. It was a great game and the result, we have to live with and can live with. We could do better but in a lot of moments, we did really well. The intensity of the game is crazy. It was good fun, I liked it.”

“We showed [our] goal because it was a really good football situation which if we did more we would have chances. I was convinced we could win this game. They were much more direct than us today. They had a more direct idea than us and we wanted to let them run when in possession,” he added. “Defensively we were sometimes in a rush, they put us under pressure and we can defend these situations better. The second half was really intense, they needed breaks as well, but their counter-attacks are not bad. Their decision-making is really good and they always pick the right player.”

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