Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp admits Champions League triumph instilled never-say-die attitude
Since success over West Ham pushed his side-by-side closer jurgen Klopp hailed Liverpool’s powers of recovery.??
Liverpool moved to within 12 points after coming from behind to defeat the Hammers 3-2 in Anfield on Monday Night 25, of being crowned champions.
Klopp hailed his players as”special” following their record-equalling 18th directly Premier League success – promising that the European victory in Madrid past June helped instil a never-say-die attitude in his players.
He said:”The Champions League closing [against Tottenham] helped a lot to know we are in a position to [keep winning].
“I said after, it had been the worst closing I’ve played with a staff but we won! We learned in that season to get the things again and again.
“It’s a long time ago but we needed to work on this – balancing, remaining in the game, together with different situations.
“The set-pieces attracted us back . Getting the momentum back – since we had a few after each other. There were many things that we can do better but you can’t be brilliant all the time to achieve this number of matches.
“We just try to make the best of what we have. I am delighted with the mindset we showed. We dropped a bit of patience of what we did 16, in the first half.
“We needed it a bit too far, but we had been made to stay calm. The best goal we believed did not count but sometimes you have to squeeze it that’s exactly what we did .”
West Ham had come back from a goal down to place themselves in a situation of recording some history of their particular; triumph over a team with 52 points could have been a Premier League album, but the superior class of Liverpool explained.
On equalling Manchester City’s record winning run, Klopp added:”I never believed it would be broken or equalled. We did it and I cannot think it was fair.
“After we equalised the stadium was rocking and that helps people. Whatever will happen this season is an attempt of all of us. I enjoy or could not be more thankful.
“You see City playing and this is actually the team in world football that are able to win all their other matches. We must keep winning. We need to be prepared and it is a home game for Watford [second ]. It is not the toughest work although about shining. Provided that the boys are ready to work hard I am not concerned but there is still a task to perform.”
Man-of-the-match Trent Alexander-Arnold claimed two assists, taking his Premier League tally to 25 – the joint-most with a Liverpool defender in the contest, along with Stig Inge Bjornebye.
“We felt like we dominated the game, but it’s football,” Alexander-Arnold told Sky Sports.” We let them have two opportunities and they scored from both.
“Their set pieces were probably their best chances of scoring, thus we need to appear at this, but we dominated the game and we are content with the win. There is a good deal, although that is the main thing.
“The fans were massively with us – they were unbelievable, especially after we moved behind. They were a large help. For us, we simply tried to keep moving – that. It paid off in the Long Run.”
West Ham manager David Moyes remains in all competitions without an away win against Liverpool, failing in 16 attempts and losing the last four.
Moyes’ men remain in the base, and midfielder Declan Rice lamented errors that have finally cost West Ham each year.
“There were lots of benefits to take,” he told Sky Sports. “Lots of people thought we were planning to sit , we scored two and also had two other excellent chances. Mistakes cost us, that’s pretty much been the story of our season. We’ve given a match to the very best team in the world. We’re gutted that we have lost.
“We kept our shape nicely. Tonight was about getting the pitch up. I believe the opportunities we created probably Liverpool a little bit. Southampton is a gigantic game for us, there are positives to take from the last two games.
“We’ve got to be men out there and hold on and we could have taken a stage today. It wasn’t meant to be and we’ve got to move again.
“That has to be the standard going into every match. Take it out of Liverpool, they’re a fantastic attacking team but they also do the defensive work also.”
Liverpool travel to confront Watford on Saturday, live on Sky Sports; coverage starts at 5pm with kick-off in 5.30pm.
West Ham sponsor Southampton at the Premier League on the same day at 3pm in the London Stadium.