closing gap Everything Jurgen Klopp said in his press conference after Liverpool beat Palace
Liverpool reduced the gap at the top of the Premier League table to nine points after a 3-1 win at Crystal Palace, with Jurgen Klopp saluting his team as they head into the international break on the back of a fine run of form.
Two Andrew Robertson assists helped the Reds take control, with Virgil Van Dijk and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain on target in the first half, but Patrick Vieira’s side reduced the deficit through Odsonne Edouard at the start of the second period.
In the end it took a string of saves from Alisson Becker to secure the win, with Fabinho adding a contentious penalty late on to wrap up a victory which keeps the title race alive after Manchester City dropped points on Saturday.
This is what Klopp said to the media in his post match press conference:
What this win means…
A massive relief. I didn’t see it back but I don’t think I have to because VAR thought it’s a penalty, the ref saw it as a penalty. That the Crystal Palace people thought it’s no penalty, I understand. But I think that’s the proof you need. And then, top taken by Fab. A big three points today for us, really big. Intense period again. Now a little bit a breather, which helps, at least for most of us, not for all of us – the Brazilians have to go, Taki has to go. But the rest can take a deep breath and then we start again.
On getting through without Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah at the Africa Cup of Nations…
You are right that we did it without them, but that made it so intense. You have to create, if you want, kind of a new football because if you don’t have that maximum speed on the wing, which obviously Sadio and Mo have, if you don’t have that all of a sudden you have to change how you get there in these areas. And the boys did really well. Ox again on the scoresheet, massive one. Diogo, not to stop more or less in a lot of situations. Bobby’s work-rate is second to none. The boys really put a proper shift in and I’m more than pleased about that.
On the importance of going into the international break in such a positive mood…
I just can speak for me: very important! That’s what football’s all about. You try absolutely everything and you are not always superior, you are not always dominant like crazy, and you still need results, that’s football. How I said, we did it the hard way but we did it and I’m really happy. I have to say, Crystal Palace, honestly, what Patrick is doing here, wow. A really talented team. They didn’t have a sniff of the game in the first 35 minutes, we were really good and if we stay like this then this is a clear thing today. But we couldn’t, we opened the door for them. But they were more than ready to run through it. That was really dangerous but that makes it now feel even better, because it was so hard.
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