Jurgen Klopp speaks about Sterling playing through the middle against Liverpool

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The Liverpool manager admitted things were made harder for his team when Manchester City changed things up at half-time.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has been speaking to the club’s official website after his side overcame Manchester City 4-1 on Saturday.

The result came as a surprise to many given the two sides’ contrasting league positions, but Liverpool were the better team and thoroughly deserved their victory.

Goals from Philippe Coutinho, Roberto Firmino, Martin Skrtel and an own-goal from Eliaquim Mangala gave Liverpool a comfortable win, with City’s returning striker Sergio Aguero scoring what proved to be a mere consolation.

But Klopp has explained that things could have been different with his side having to fight hard when City changed their formation, playing former Liverpool winger Raheem Sterling through the middle.

Speaking to liverpoolfc.com, Klopp said, “They changed the system at half-time, went 4-4-2 second half, put Sterling in the middle together with Aguero. It was difficult but possible. It was all we needed and the lads did well.”

Sterling has proved to be a real threat when played more centrally by City, as he proved with his hat-trick against Bournemouth earlier in the campaign.

But this time Liverpool held firm and ran out comfortable winners, having the last laugh and potentially turning a corner in the process.

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