It also can not be overlooked that the Citizens come into this fixture off the back ofconsecutive victories in the Champions League last 16 and League Cup final and lead Liverpool by nine points and four places in fourth in the EPL table.
“It’s an important defeat because we now have one game less and we couldn’t win one point”.
Liverpool will be out to avenge their Capital One Cup final defeat when they take on Man City at Anfield on Wednesday night. But immediately the tempo and nature of the game more closely resembled the league meeting earlier in the season than Sunday’s showpiece.
It proved a miserable return to Anfield for City winger Raheem Sterling, who left Liverpool in acrimonious circumstances in the last off-season.
Klopp rejected Pellegrini’s argument about tiredness, saying that every club could make the same claim at this stage of the season.
Adam Lallana was in fine form, opening the scoring in the first-half as well as assisting Firmino for the third goal in the second-half. “They were pressing high and we didn’t create chances. We played Champions League and then League Cup final and I saw the team was not fresh and Liverpool played better”, Pellegrini told the BBC.
“Everybody who watched the game who follows Liverpool will have forgotten for 93 minutes that we lost on Sunday”.
“I think it’s all about momentum”.
“We are anxious because we lost but we are still confident and will fight until the end – we are only looking to catch the teams above us”, he said.
“It was very important that we showed a reaction, that we are disappointed but we weren’t disappointed enough so that it influenced our performance in a negative way”, he said.
He went on to say in his post-match conference that it was the best pressing performance under him.
A vocal and excited Anfield urged Liverpool forwards and Firmino was again at the heart of the action in the second half, pulling the strings against a City side that began to look increasingly ragged. We have so many important games in the next few weeks.
“Of course, with their quality they can always win, they can always score decisive goals in the right moment but tonight you could see it would be really hard for them”.
– James Milner’s goal (and Liverpool’s second of the game) was the 1500th that they have scored in the Premier League.