Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has admitted his side’s win over West Ham was special – because of how hard they had to work for it. The Reds survived a scare to win 3-2 at Anfield, keeping their unbeaten record intact as a result.
Liverpool found themselves facing a rare Premier League defeat after Issa Diop and Pablo Fornals had cancelled Georginio Wijnaldum’s early header.
But the Reds came roaring back to win 3-2, with Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane both finding the net.
It was a strange old night for Liverpool, who were far from their best but still managed to pocket a vital three points and keep their unbeaten Premier League record intact.
And Klopp, speaking after the game, admitted the victory felt special because of how hard they had to work for it.
“I liked a lot how we started,” he said.
“We scored a wonderful first goal. But then we weren’t good in second ball situations.
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“We have to pick them up much more often. We struggled in this situation and that gave West Ham a good feeling.
“They could win the second ball from the goal-kicks and for us that was difficult. We lost a little bit of patience in the first half in the things we did. Offensively, you could see this a little bit.
“They scored the second goal and I have to watch back how that happened.
“Then we were forced to stay calm and do the right stuff.
“All the goals we scored were strange. The best goal we scored didn’t count because Sadio [Mane] was offside. You have to squeeze it and that’s what we did tonight to get the three points and it is so special.”
Liverpool star Trent Alexander-Arnold felt his side deserved the win, saying: “Obviously we felt like we’ve dominated the game but that’s football.
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“We’ve let them have two or three chances, the set-piece was probably their best chance of scoring today so we’ve got to look at that.
“We’re happy with the win, that’s the main thing, but there’s a lot of things we need to get right. The fans were massively with us, they were unbelievable, especially when we went behind. For us it’s a massive help.
“We just tried to keep going, that’s the mindset drilled into us by the manager. It paid off in the end.
“The manager gives us freedom, he understands the players’ qualities and that’s massive for us.
“We’re an attacking side, we want to create chances, we want to be scoring goals and hurting opponents and the best way to do that is getting players forward and creating as many chances as possible.
“We’re in a good position now but we need to keep working hard.
“I’d say we’re confident more than anything, we believe in our own ability.
“I’d say the overwhelming feeling for everyone is hunger to be as successful as possible, to win every game we go into. We want to be winning everything we can be.”
Meanwhile, West Ham manager David Moyes was taking the positives from his side’s display.
“We can take a lot of positives,” the Scot said.
“Before the game nobody will have given us a great deal of hope. I thought for large periods of the game we had a chance.
“I’d hate to think my teams would do anything but put a lot of effort in and I’d be annoyed if anyone else thought otherwise.
“The disappointing thing is the individual mistakes. I thought tonight we did a really good job. We performed really well as a team but we go away with no points and it’s the points we need.
“We wanted to be a bit more aggressive than we were against Manchester City. The games have been difficult as a coach to know the right way to go and approach the games.
“It’s easy for people to say we have free hits but you think ‘what a load of rubbish when people say that’. We’ve certainly got no free hits, we need to get points.
“I’m not happy with the individual mistakes and if we don’t cut them out it’ll cost it. You’ve got to take a lot of responsibility as a Premier League player.
“I’m not disappointed with the performance, but I’m disappointed we didn’t get any points from the game.”
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