Warnock’s Bluebirds side fell to a resounding 4-1 defeat at Anfield on Saturday afternoon, but they didn’t disgrace themselves as much as some would have expected, particularly after going a goal behind early on.
“I just think Man City have got that little bit more week in, week out in the league.
“But I think Liverpool are the most improved team with the signings he (Klopp) has made. Heaven knows what’s going to happen if he signs another one or two for next season.
“They are back in the real big time now.”
Warnock clearly thinks a lot of this Reds outfit, having lavished praise about the front three of Mane, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino earlier this week, calling them “the best in the world” as an attacking unit.
He has witnessed firsthand what a nightmare Liverpool are to play against with Klopp at the helm – the fact they weren’t even at full tilt, yet won 4-1, can only be a good thing.
Cardiff remain favourites to be relegated back to the Championship this season, but they showed plenty of fight on Saturday and afterwards Klopp spoke of his “respect” for them:
“They are just a difficult opponent to play against, to be honest.
“I don’t think they don’t have a lot of clear results when they lost because they stay in the game, being 1-0 doesn’t change anything.
“When they scored to make it 2-1, we controlled it immediately again and we used the space. Usually you could get under pressure again, but we defended their throw-ins really well today, which is really difficult, especially the second balls.
“We did it well, but the goal they scored, they deserved it.”