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Jurgen Klopp hails Liverpool’s win over Rangers as the perfect confidence boost ahead of Man City showdown

Jurgen Klopp welcomed the emphatic victory which he believes changed Liverpool’s mood ahead of their showdown with the best team in the world.

A hat-trick by substitute Mo Salah, coupled with a confident goal from Darwin Nunez, were the salient moments of a 7-1 win over Rangers, leaving Liverpool needing a point from their last two games to advance through the knockout stages to reach the Champions League.

More immediately, however, Liverpool meet Manchester City on Sunday and while Klopp was unwilling to make any bold predictions about what might happen against Pep Guardiola’s side, he was willing to acknowledge that the second-half performance at Ibrox felt significant .

“We usually have a beer after away games, it’s been so long since I’ve had a drink, we’ll probably be drunk after one!” said Klopp, whose demeanor changed noticeably over the course of the game in such a way that he actually seemed to be enjoying himself again.

“We had a really positive mid-term talk. We conceded a goal (against Scott Arlfield), equalized and had some really positive football moments. In the end we had to clear up in the last third and that obviously worked – all the goals were absolutely great.

“How we played and built and finished them. A game lasts 95 minutes, if you can build on parts of the first half then you have to do that and we did that. It changes the mood, definitely. It’s totally different.

“That’s good but we all know who we’re welcoming on Sunday and that will be a different game. But it’s better to go into the game with a feeling like we’re doing tonight! We’ll see, I’m always ready for a change in the right direction, but we’ll see.

“We don’t have to make a big deal out of it, but the best football team in the world right now is coming to Anfield on Sunday. We’ll see what we can do. It’s not like we come up with a big mouth and say, ‘We’re waiting!’ – not at all.’

Klopp was delighted as Nunez scored his second goal in consecutive games and was equally delighted by the performances of youngsters Fabio Carvalho and Harvey Elliott, who ended the defeat with an intelligent finish.

However, he gave Salah particular praise, saying: “You could see the reaction. I couldn’t see Mo celebrating because he was always running into the corner, but with Darwin it meant the world to him.

“All efforts are paying off. We all know when it comes to Mo, he’s exceptional. Obviously different position for him. I hope for him that everything works for him. I’m happy that we score goals, but if we win the game 2-1 I’ll be over the moon.

“The way it happened, it can happen. We were really just on it and meeting at the wrong moment isn’t cool.’

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