Sunday, August 20, 2017

Klopp praise Liverpool players after victory over Crystal Palace

News report says, Liverpool fc toiled for 73 minutes to breach the Palace defence, with Sadio Mane eventually breaking the deadlock to hand his side their first Premier League win of the season.

However, the Reds' back four were heavily criticised following last weekend's 3-3 draw at Watford, but Klopp insists his defence put in a much-improved showing in dealing with Palace's long-ball tactics.

Liverpool boss said: "Obviously my decision not to read the British press was one of the best I ever did in my life because were we already under pressure?".

"Yes, we were not 100 percent happy, but it's not a general problem. We have to work on it. If you want to start like this, then we defended outstandingly good today.

"I think last week against Huddersfield, Crystal Palace started really football-playing and then Huddersfield were 2-0 up. Then they became a little more direct and using Christian Benteke. I think we really defended this outstandingly good.

He say, "Ragnar Klavan and Joel Matip did really well in the protection. Joe Gomez and Robbo (Andrew Robertson) were really good. You cannot defend it differently, to be honest.

Klopp added: "One problem we had at Watford was we were too early too deep. If you know the other team plays long balls, you have to stay as high as possible as long as possible to create the space for your goalkeeper and use offside".

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