Liverpool capped off another three points, this time on the trot to London where they faced a tough Crystal Palace side.
James Milner was reliable from the spot once again last night, giving Liverpool a 1-nil lead at the half way mark. It was a goal courtesy of Mane late into added time in the second half that finished Palace off.
Klopp’s sideline celebrations was of satisfaction during the game, but the celebrations for his defensive pair, Virgil van Dijk and Alisson Becker, carried over into his post-match interview.
Pleased with the performance of the Reds’ number one and the commanding general in Virgil, the manager felt:
“Quality costs a specific price, it’s with cars like that, with a lot of things like that and with players as well, that’s why we paid it [the fee for Van Dijk].”
“[Wayne] Hennessey when I saw it before the game warming up, I thought ‘wow, that’s really difficult!’ In the game they were not that long, but they were long enough. I don’t know a lot of defenders in the world that can defend Christian Benteke in nearly 100 per cent of the situations, clear without a foul. It was very important that Virgil was there and that kind of presence, but still the ball drops and then it’s a second ball. That was their plan as well, so it is difficult to be 100 per cent clear in these situations.”
Despite a man of the match performance from Van Dijk, Klopp admitted there’s were some instances that made him unhappy last night.
”I thought we could have done better, but yes we expected Palace to be that strong and clear in their approach against us, playing a big number of long balls.”
“Defensively it was absolutely ok, [but] I was not too happy with our offensive play. The rhythm was not good, timing was not good, both full-backs need to be involved much more and open up their game a little bit so we really have different options.”