Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah scored a goal each to give Liverpool an away win, as Jürgen Klopp’s team moved back to the third position behind Manchester City and Manchester United by beating Southampton 2-0 in the Premier League on Sunday.
Talking about the match, Liverpool coach Jürgen Klopp said that though there were few things they did not do well in the first half, his team scored two fantastic goals and that’s how an away game should be. “I think not brilliant but we were ready for hard work, doing the right things in the right moment, reacting in a good way in the second half. They were two great goals, to be honest, but we were not in a few situations active enough in our formation, it meant they could play the diagonal balls pretty easy from the centre-halves and full-backs. Then on the other side, our full-back, we left them alone in situations not only after crosses but before the crosses already, so we needed the goalkeeper – but no problem, that’s why he is there. He did fantastic in these moments.”
“They had their chances in these situations, they had possession and played good football. Then, second half, we controlled the game, really. We were much more active again in these half-spaces and still created fantastic chances which we didn’t use, but after 2-0 it wasn’t a big problem,” said Klopp in the post-match conference, according to the official website of Liverpool.
Speaking about their elevation to the third spot in EPL table and their fight to finish ahead of Manchester United, Klopp said that the only thing that his team could do was to win their games. “A few times we will meet one of the big opponents, but not too often. You have a draw like Tottenham, you think, ‘OK, like before’ but the only thing you can do is to win your games. It will stay tight until the end.”
“We didn’t know before the game that United would lose, but we know that we are not too far away. But it’s not a battle between them and us. We play against them one more time in this season at least. For us, 54 points, that’s important. What the other teams have, we have no influence on, so we need to win. We now have the Champions League, then we have West Ham at home. They probably have Arnautovic back, Lanzini back, and they are in a good run as well. That’s all exciting, all intense, we need all the points and for today I am really happy that we could take these very, very difficult-to-reach three,” said the Liverpool coach.
Happy about Karius’ performance, Klopp said, “In the second half, they didn’t create chances and we defended really well, but in the first half they had two. But Loris was there and I was really happy about that. Obviously, as a Liverpool ‘keeper you need special moments to convince the people and there were at least two of them – and with the first pass for the first goal, there are three situations we can bring on his bill.”