Klopp compares Liverpool to Barcelona after 4-0 demolition job

By Alex Stevens

Jurgen Klopp brushed aside the possibility that Liverpool are at a higher level than Barcelona in the wake of his team’s demolition job on Saturday.

The Merseysiders thrashed the Spanish champions 4-0 with a sensational display that laid down a marker for the new Premier League season.

Barcelona, who included Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Javier Mascherano in their starting X1, were comprehensively dispatched by a virtual full-strength Liverpool team.

Sadio Mane opened the scoring with a tidy finish before a Mascherano own goal and a strike from substitute Divock Origi early in the second half put the game out of reach for the La Liga champions.

Another substitute Marko Grujic added the fourth in stoppage time with a wonderful header to the delight of Jurgen Klopp on the sideline.

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Klopp described the win as “special” but pointed out that Barcelona returned to pre-season training a week behind his team and further behind in their preparations for the new campaign.

“We don’t think we’re at a higher level than Barcelona after the game, we’re not crazy,” said Klopp afterwards, as quoted by Bleacher Report writer Karl Matchett. “I’m sure they’ll be better than today.

“For us it was important, 90,000 here for us and Suarez and Messi, and Mascherano, so we had more pressure.”

The Merseysiders have one final pre-season friendly on Sunday before they open their Premier League campaign with a trip to Arsenal on Sunday of next week.

In other Liverpool news, Klopp has revived his bid to sign a Euro 2016 winner as he prepares to table a new offer.