VINCENT KOMPANY stalked away surely convinced that there will always be a curse on him at Anfield.
He made his first return as a manager having failed eight times to win during his glory days of winning four Prem titles with Manchester City a skipper and centre half..
Diogo Jota opened the scoring with a bullet headerCredit: Alamy
Luis Diaz stooped low to head beyond James TraffordCredit: EPA
Liverpool’s front three all got on the scoresheet with Darwin Nunez sealing the three pointsCredit: PA
Yet he will know that had David Datro Fofana not blown two glorious chances inside three second half minutes he would finally have been able to celebrate.
And while Jurgen Klopp finished up manager as manager of the league leaders again he will be just as aware that he dodged a bullet.
Diogo Jota, Luis Diaz and Darwen Nunez got the goals that put Liverpool back in front again after Kompany’s old club had earlier taken a one – point advantage.
But on what was supposed to be a red – letter day, with a new record league crowd of 59,896 watching thanks to the full opening of the new Anfield Road End stand, this was a hollow, nervy victory.
Klopp went into the game warning that this clash had banana skin potential and his opposite number’s players, appropriately wearing yellow tops, very quickly underlined his concerns.
The German insisted that Vincent Kompany’s side, second – bottom or not, are far more dangerous than their points total might have indicated.
They backed that view up, too, with a bright start while Liverpool were sloppy and lacking focus.
Fofana did start his first game since his loan arrival from Chelsea, proving to be a real handful as Klopp had predicted.
While he was attempting a cross his effort skewed onto the top of the bar, catching out Caoimhin Kelleher, in for No1 Alisson who, like Joe Gomez, had been downed by ‘flu’ within the home side’s squad.
The Republic of Ireland goalkeeper then had to be very switched on indeed ten minutes…