The season may still be early but it hasn’t been often that the Reds have found themselves going into the halftime break a goal behind. That’s exactly what happened yesterday at the Liberty Stadium against Swansea City after Leroy Fer scored for the hosts in the eighth minute. The first half was a poor display by Liverpool and everyone on the pitch knew it going into the break. Thankfully, Jürgen Klopp knew it too.
“Obviously he had a few words to say because it wasn’t good enough, especially the first half an hour. The standards we’ve set, we just didn’t match them,” Jordan Henderson said of the boss’ halftime chat. “We came in at half-time and he [Klopp] had a few words to say, but credit to the lads we responded and the second half we played well.”
Klopp mentioned the anger in the dressing room in his post-match press conference and urged the team to use that to do better in the second half. Just the sort of halftime pep talk the lads needed to hear to get going, leading to the first goal from Roberto Firmino (with an assist from Henderson).
“When we got the first goal we had a little bit of momentum behind us and we wanted to find the second goal. We had a couple of good chances but just couldn’t find the net, but then we got the penalty and it was slotted home by Millie [Milner] which was brilliant. It was a brilliant three points for us.”
A lot has been said about teams that find a way to win the games on days when they aren’t on form, and this match at Swansea is the definition of that. It couldn’t have come at a better time, leaving the team confident going into the international break before facing Manchester United two weeks from now. A brilliant three points indeed.