Jurgen Klopp has revealed Liverpool “are not the Harlem Globetrotters”. There’s that myth debunked.
Liverpool finally recorded their first win of 2019 with a 1-0 victory over Brighton on Saturday.
It was hardly the most memorable of performances – our Mailbox said they were sh*te – but the Reds went seven points clear at the top of the table for the time being.
“It’s absolutely OK,” Klopp said of a game settled by Mo Salah’s second-half penalty. “We are not the Harlem Globetrotters, we have to deliver results. It’s difficult enough. For that we need to perform. The performance was good.
“It was not the best performance of the season in a few parts. But from a maturity point of view, I would say it was the most mature performance of the season. It’s so important.
“On a good day, everybody can win a football games. On an average day, not a lot of football teams can win football games. On a bad day, pretty much only a few teams can win football games.
“Today was not a bad day, it was a difficult day for us. It was just a difficult game because Brighton is doing really well. We played a lot of times against a 4-5-1 system, but how they do it is different. I’m really happy that the boys took the game like it is.
“Not because of Man City, it’s just important.
“If you fall from the horse, the best thing you can do is go immediately back on it. Do you use that saying in English as well? That’s how it is. It’s cool, it’s good and important.
“We didn’t make a big fuss about the two defeats, to be honest. We never speak about the games before really. We knew that it’s really difficult to take all three points here.
“I’m really happy, even with the way we did it. You have to score early and keep the momentum going. The scoring momentum we didn’t have today.
“Creating was OK, but finishing was not at our best. All the rest – defending and all that stuff – was really good, so we deserved the three points.”