Liverpool full-back Jon Flanagan has told Talksport that he wanted to win his battle with former team-mate Raheem Sterling to lift the Anfield crowd.
The Liverpool defender wasted no time in letting the Manchester City midfielder know he was there after a robust but fair challenge just 30 seconds into the encounter.
Jurgen Klopp’s side more than avenged Sunday’s League Cup defeat to City with an astounding 3-0 victory, with goals from Adam Lallana, James Milner and a fifth in six games for in-form Roberto Firmino.
Sterling only lasted 45 minutes at his old stomping ground and Flanagan believes something had to be done.
It was something I had to do to get the crowd up. Me and Raheem were good mates at Liverpool but now he’s gone to City it is just business on the pitch.
The 23-year-old’s contract is up at the end of the season and he will be hoping that performances like this will be enough for Klopp to decide to keep him on.
Liverpool face Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on Sunday and they’ll be looking to make amends for the 2-1 loss they suffered at the hands of Alan Pardew’s men earlier on in the season, which incidentally was Klopp’s first defeat as the Reds boss.