Jurgen Klopp has spoken with delight at the standard of Jon Flanagan’s “hard” tackle on Raheem Sterling.
Flanagan elicited loud applause from the Anfield crowd on Wednesday after tackling former Liverpool player Sterling in the opening minutes of their 3-0 victory.
Discussing the tackle on Friday, Klopp was delighted with his returning left-back, who was moved over to the right in midweek.
“I like Flanno. I have no issue with Raheem but it’s a man’s sport. No problem. Hard but fair, I love this,” Klopp said.
Flanagan was making his first Premier League appearance since May 2014 after struggling with a knee injury, and his return coincides with a dip in form from left-back Alberto Moreno. The Spaniard did not feature against City on Wednesday.
“We have Flanno now. It was clear he would play,” Klopp said. “Alberto got a really bad knock in the first half of the final. I know Flanno played on the left too, but after a long time I didn’t want to put him on the other side. It wasn’t the plan for Flanno to take Raheem out of the game.”