First of all, Liverpool won’t play that badly very often, and it can only be a good sign to come away with the points when disjointed after injuries, tough games and travelling from the international break (against a team who virtually all had two full weeks to prepare, and to effectively treat it like an FA Cup game).
But the Reds will need to play better – and pass better – to keep pace with Manchester City. Of course, the Reds have generally played tougher games than City so far this season, and are already keeping pace, goal difference aside. And this is potentially a generation-defining City side.
And teams are never defined by any single performance you pick out, good or bad.
There are some issues for Jürgen Klopp to address, in what has been a painful season to endure at times (in terms of the spectacle, and hanging on in there like grim death for the points), but they are to address when his team is joint-top of the table, without really hitting their stride.
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