Last night’s performance, dare we say it, was somewhat reminiscent of the explosive and frantic football that saw us enjoy such a promising start to the season.
The players did not stop running, Anfield was rocking and Jurgen Klopp reclaimed his place as the player on the touchline. The boss kicked every ball, made every tackle and looked back to his usual self. His passion and perhaps relief shone through in his reaction to Simon Mignolet’s penalty save as he screamed in celebration in the face of the fourth official.
Klopp later revealed what he said to Neil Swarbrick, telling the Liverpool Echo: “So ‘nobody can beat us’ is what I said. That’s obviously not true! But it felt for me like this in this moment.”
“I went back to the fourth official and said he was absolutely the wrong person to say it. But I said ‘sorry I was a little bit excited’ and he said ‘no problem, I like your passion’. That actually I’ve never heard from a fourth official before so I thought it made sense you knew about it.”
This was the Klopp we all love to see on the sideline. There was a determination and a visible focus to him last night as he drove his team to a draw in a game he knew the Reds could not lose.
It was a confidence boost not only for the players but for the manager as well as his style of play was seemingly rewarded for the first time in quite a few weeks.
Last night was just a glimpse of what we are truly capable of. Onto the next one, Reds.