Liverpool came out victorious in a seven-goal thriller against Manchester City in the English Premier League on Sunday, few days after playmaker Philippe Coutinho signed for Barcelona.

It was Liverpool’s first game since the departure of the Brazilian and the Reds came out smoking.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain got the opening goal in the 9th minute after the hosts started the game rapidly.

City grew into the game slowly and started dominating possession and they got their equalizer 4 minutes before half time through Leroy Sane.

Liverpool went on scoring with Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah finding the back of the net in the space of 10 minutes.

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However, late goals by Bernardo Silva and Ilkay Guendogan reduced the deficit for Manchester City, ending the score at 4-3 in favour of the Reds.

Klopp said the win without Coutinho, was important for the team.

“It was the right statement. It is not that I said in the meeting, ‘Boys by the way it would help if you could win tonight and nobody would speak about Phil Coutinho anymore’ because we like to talk about him actually and he was probably still jumping in his living room in Barcelona happy about the win tonight.

“Of course it is important for us to show it is possible to play without him and we did that. That is a very important statement, absolutely.

"We knew before the game we could only get three points, there are not more.

"We got them how I think in a very important moment as well so it feels good for tonight and now we have a long week to prepare for Swansea and we should use that.”

Coutinho did not play on Sunday as Barcelona came from two goals down to beat Real Sociedad 4-2 in the Spanish La Liga.

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