Martin Skrtel celebrates his goal against Manchester City.

Martin Skrtel believes Liverpool fully deserved win against Manchester City

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Martin Skrtel believes Liverpool fully deserved their 4-1 victory against Manchester City on Saturday evening.

The Reds devastated Manuel Pellegrini's men at the Etihad and were three goals to the good after 32 minutes, thanks to an own goal by Eliaquim Mangala, as well as strikes from Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino.

Skrtel was also on target for the first time in just under a year to seal the three points for the Merseyside outfit and scored for the fourth time against City in his career.


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Liverpool received high praise from ex-footballers and members of the media for their performance and Skrtel feels his side could have well scored more at the Etihad.

"The feelings are great because it's not every day you come to Manchester City and you win 4-1," the Slovakia international told

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"Also the performance, especially in the first half, was top class - we scored three, but we could have scored more.

"Second half wasn't easy because they scored a goal and came back into the game but we defended well and I think we absolutely deserved the three points.

"It's always good when you score a goal and help the team.

"I think the last goal I scored was December last year [against Arsenal] so it's a long time.

"But the most important thing is the team and the three points we got so we're happy for that."


Defensive Improvement

Since Jurgen Klopp took charge, Liverpool's rearguard has significantly improved

Having reverted the Reds to a conventional back-four, there seems to be a lot more coherence and they've conceded just six goals in their last eight matches.

Mamadou Sakho has been a key influence and had been in top form before he limped off with a knee injury in his side's 2-1 loss to Crystal Palace prior to the international break.

Many travelling supporters feared for the worst being without Sakho against City, especially with Sergio Aguero returning to their starting line-up.

Dejan Lovren replaced the France international for the match. He's been public enemy number one amongst Kopites and it's fair to say he's struggled since his £20 million move from Southampton last summer.

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However, he looked a completely transformed player and, bar an Aguero consolation goal, was a rock at the back alongside Skrtel.

Lovren was not daunted and performed admirably to thwart the impressive City line of Aguero, Kevin De Bruyne, Raheem Sterling and Jesus Navas. He rose to the occasion and communicated well with Skrtel, something that has been missing when the pair have played together in the past.

Between them, they registered 11 interceptions - many of which were last ditch slides by Skrtel - as well as 19 clearances and two blocks.

Klopp Defence

Liverpool conceded 48 goals in the Premier League last term and Klopp will be looking to shrink that number.

When the 48-year-old guided Borussia Dortmund to Bundesliga success in 2011, his team conceded just 22 goals throughout and that tally saturated by just three when they defended their title the following season.

Klopp will likely be drilling his defenders at Melwood each and every single day. Alberto Moreno's defensive duties have got much better within the past six weeks. The Spaniard was guilty of giving his marker too much room too frequently, but he was much tighter on Navas at the Etihad.


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