Jurgen Klopp is happy enough with Liverpool’s 1-0 win over Sheffield United this weekend, but he isn’t just as content with the performance of his players.
The Reds spent most of the game chipping away at a very defensive Blades side, and a stroke of luck gave us our goal late on.
The ball fell kindly to Gini Wijnaldum and the Dutch international made no mistake, and put his laces through the ball which found its way underneath Dean Henderson and into the net.
With respect to Sheffield United, you’d have expected Liverpool to be two or three to the good by the second half, but Klopp has the answer to why that wasn’t the case this weekend.
“We had our moments and we started well but then lost the rhythm. It was really difficult, we didn’t accelerate in the right moments. Our passes had not the right speed,” he’s quoted as saying by the official club website.
“All respect to Sheffield United, they did really well over 95 minutes. They have a proper basis to be a really uncomfortable opponent.
“We still had big chances. Unlucky for Sheffield United. If it had been a draw, I would say that is what Sheffield deserved and we deserved.
“I don’t think we deserved to lose. We got three points and we are pretty happy.”
I have to agree with the boss’ comments – it would have been very unfortunate if Liverpool didn’t come away from Yorkshire with all three points.
United are going to cause some teams a few problems this season though, but the Reds escaped with the spoils this weekend and that’s all that matters to us for now.