Jurgen Klopp: "Everything was prepared for us to slip on the banana peel"



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Jurgen Klopp: "Everything was prepared for us to slip on the banana peel"

At one point, it seemed that the championship had been decided, that Manchester City would almost defend the title in February, however, Liverpool did not give up. They first took revenge on Leicester for one of the two Premier League defeats this season, and then routinely did its job away to Burnley and Liverpool is again in the race with the Citizens.

The leader still has an advantage of nine points, but the Reds have a game less, and if they won that match, the fight for the title would become interesting. Especially since Jurgen Klopp's team does not make mistakes in "small" matches.


"It was a perfect Sunday afternoon, rainy, windy, with real men's football. Everything was prepared for us to slip on the banana peel, but we were ready for such a scenario." "We scored a goal from a corner and that is extraordinary ", praised the German strategist for the mental strength of his team.

The triumph over the team of Sean Dyche was the sixth of this season in which Liverpool did not concede a goal in a clash with the team that, at the time of the match, was last on the table of the English championship. "To be honest until the end, we didn't have to work very hard, because every ball in the air was difficult for Burnley's defenders, because the wind was blowing from all directions."

"Instead of being a suffering team, we have adapted to the conditions, which makes me very happy." For the first time since October, Sadio Mane, Mohammed Salah, and Roberto Firmino were among the starters at the same time.

Fabinho and Jurgen Klopp

And it turned out that the attacking strength of the team from Anfield failed, that they had to wait for the Brazilian Fabinho, as a man of decision. For the fifth time in eight matches of the calendar year, the former member of Monaco was the scorer for Liverpool.

"He would probably score more if I had pushed him into the penalty area." "When we did that recently, he started shaking the nets. The plan was for the ball to go to Sadio Mane, but not so low, then the Senegalese hit it and Fabinho scored from the deduction.

The timing was perfect for Fabinho. " The next challenge for the Reds is the first duel of the eighth-finals of the Champions League, against Inter at "Meazza", and Klopp assures that the atmosphere in the team is extraordinary.

"Why wouldn't it be?" We love each other, we respect each other, and we are most happy when we win. Before the start of the match, I told the players that it would be better for them to stay in the hotel if they would ‘just’ play football." "No, they had to work hard, earn points and that's exactly what they did."