Premier League gameweek 10: Crystal Palace 2-4 Liverpool
In a first-half thriller that saw a total of five goals for a 3-2 lead in favor of Liverpool, Jürgen Klopp salutes the performance of his team and the quality of his players. Firmino and Coutinho were again phenomenal and have been a major part of the club’s recent success.
With all the talented managers in the Premier League, coach Jürgen Klopp is one of the most populars, according to 888sport manager social index, just behind Manchester coaches Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola respectively. His taste for offense and an open football meshed perfectly with Liverpool. The coach reflects on the victory and gives clues to answer some defensive problems:
“Since I’ve been at Liverpool I’ve been happy with the character of my boys. That was never a question for me, but it’s still football and you cannot strike back every day. You should not come in situations like this too often but we’re good enough to find a solution in situations like this. 2-0 would’ve been better for half-time than 3-2, but now everything is good.
I was not too happy with the start, not clear enough, not direct enough. Good football-wise, but not how it should be. Then we scored nice goals and created unbelievable chances. We really could’ve scored more, I think everybody agrees with this. Then we opened the game up again ourselves, we thought there is always excitement when Liverpool is part of the game! I think their first goal especially was a present, and the second goal was not good defending and at the end a good header, so that opened the game.
We will sort the defence – what then happens, we will see. They can defend really well. I know after this game that everyone will talk about this. Inside a football team, you are not in the dressing room saying ‘You are a really bad defender’ and ‘You are the goalkeeper, where are you?’ and all of those things. They are all human beings, we work on it and I am completely convinced about the quality. If they make mistakes and stay in the game, then it’s a very good test for them – and they stood in the game [tonight]. I am happy with the reaction, not with the situation, not with the start of the game, that’s what we have to work on. But I am happy with the reaction. So, I am fine, we will work on it and then we will see where it leads us to.”