You don’t always need to be good for ninety minutes. It helps, yes. But sometimes you can just provide quality in key moments and that will be enough to win the game comfortably.
Liverpool didn’t dominate the entire proceedings in the 4-1 win away at Genk in the Champions League group stages. In truth, they didn’t have to. When it mattered, they were able to show genuine quality and blow the Belgian side away. A win is a win, and this one ended up being fairly comfortable. Jürgen Klopp was mostly happy.
“There were good moments”, the Liverpool manager told BT Sport, as reported by BBC Sport. “The start was brilliant, we were kind of fluent and asked them a lot of questions but then we started - I’m not sure why - to lose patience and some easy balls. But all four goals were brilliant and we had chances to score more. Job done.
”In the years before we would have drawn it, maybe even lost, but all’s OK. It was intense, we needed concentration. Our opponent brought in their tallest player and they did well from the first and second balls. We played with speculation when do we really need to go there? Then they won the second balls. So I didn’t enjoy the game too much, but I enjoyed the result.”
Looking ahead, Klopp added that “we’ve just had two away games that were both difficult for different reasons. I don’t know where we are now but I know where we need to be on Sunday.
”It’s a refreshed Tottenham. Of course the second they meet us they’re back on track! But we’re a different team to Red Star Belgrade, just like Tottenham are different to Genk.”
Sometimes Liverpool need to play very well, and sometimes they just need to be good enough. Tonight was the latter. Three points in the bag and a reasonable position in the group. Onto Tottenham.