Jürgen Klopp gave us his assessment of our somewhat scrappy 2-1 victory over Fulham in his post-match press conference. In the boss’ words: “Not a perfect football game but, in a difficult week for us, a sensational result.”
But still, we’re back at the top of the league thanks to a James Milner penalty with nine minutes to go after Ryan Babel levelled at 74 minutes to cancel out Sadio Mané’s first half finish for his 20th goal of the season.
Klopp was obviously glad to see us take those three points away from Craven Cottage, but was aware that “we lost the rhythm a little bit” in the Fulham game. “It’s a strange one, it’s so different to the two games we played in the week, Burnley, Munich and now Fulham. They were three nearly different kind of sports”, he added.
It’s true – beating Bayern on Wednesday gave us a lot of confidence going into this one, but also drained some of the stamina from the lads.
Klopp: “They deserved a goal but we deserved three points. A brilliant afternoon I have to say.
“I am not in any doubt about my players nerves. It is about intensity. We go for perfection but it is rare that you get it.”#LFC
— Neil Jones (@neiljonesgoal) March 17, 2019
On the topic of the second half, Klopp claimed that “We could have scored one or two more before Fulham. We let them back a bit into the game, with counter-attacks and passing the wrong ball. It’s just the intensity of the competition, it’s nothing to do with nerves.”
“The goal they scored, I thought a little bit we begged for it”, he admitted.
“But then I actually saw the reaction of my players and I’m really pleased with that. It was a good reaction. After they got the equaliser, we were again much clearer than we were before the equaliser.
So, all good, a good reaction.”
Klopp was his usual affable self in his post-match, and on the subject of the penalty, he said, “Mo scored a lot of goals and then he got the penalties as well, but when Millie is on the pitch I think it makes sense – wonderful. Doubts, no, but even Millie is a human being and you can fail. Very, very good.”
Jurgen Klopp: “Let’s go, let’s go for it, let’s fight, all that stuff. Today we set again the basis for the finish, and it’s good. We only have to win and I smile all day.”
— Oliver Bond (@Oliver__Bond) March 17, 2019
Klopp was also confident in the Reds he’d put out on the pitch: “I was sure we would not panic, we would not show the nerves you are all waiting for. We are long enough in this situation.
“We controlled the game completely and then we gave Fulham the ball, the crowd came and it was a bit more exciting again. We had a very intense week, going to Munich and coming back, travelling to London is not around the corner for us.
“So I’m completely fine – average game, sensational result.”
On our return to the summit of the table the German explained, “For us, it was clear – it is always clear – City don’t look like they’ll drop a lot of points, so we have to win and to win and to win. That’s our job to do…It is very important that we won today”, he added.
“Nothing is decided, all we can make sure is we stay in the race – and we want to stay in the race. Today we showed that, so all good.”
It’s all still to play for and after the international break we’ll be hosting Tottenham at the end of March. We’ve just got to hope the boys stay safe with their national sides – no silly injuries please!