Liverpool hold crisis talks after 4-1 thumping by Man City ahead of Chelsea game


LIVERPOOL have held showdown talks following their demoralising defeat at Man City.

The Reds took their fewest number of shots in a Premier League game for 12 years, in a 4-1 rout at the Etihad.

Jurgen Klopp held showdown talks with his players on Sunday evening


Jurgen Klopp held showdown talks with his players on Sunday eveningCredit: Getty

And Klopp even suggested Pep Guardiola’s men showed mercy on his side, rather than scoring more goals.

He said: “We were lucky they were not in the greediest mood. Nothing good to say about this game.”

Virgil van Dijk confirmed after the City defeat that a meeting would be held on Sunday evening and he expected strong opinions to be exchanged.

The Dutchman commented: “It is a big day. If you’re losing the way we lost, then definitely there will be some hard talking.

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“The turnaround is quite quick, with Chelsea on Tuesday. We’re trying, we’re trying. The first half was quite even against City.”

However, Klopp at least has the comfort of knowing his job is safe for the time being, in contrast to Graham Potter, who has just been dismissed by Tuesday night’s opponents.

A Chelsea statement read: “Chelsea FC has announced that Graham Potter has departed the club. Graham has agreed to collaborate with the Club to facilitate a smooth transition.

“In his time with the club, Graham has taken us to the quarter-final of the Champions League, where we will face Real Madrid.


“Chelsea would like to thank Graham for all his efforts and contribution and wish him well for the future.”

“Bruno Saltor will take charge of the team as Interim Head Coach.”

SunSport revealed yesterday that Potter held crunch talks with the Blues brass at the club’s Cobham training ground on Sunday afternoon.

Potter met with Global Head of Transfers Paul Winstanley and Technical Director Laurence Stewart – both of whom recommended to the board that he be sacked.