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Klopp Talk: “We Deserved to Win”

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The manager had some concerns but was happy with the win.

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We were made to sweat, but Liverpool got it over the line today at Leicester with a 2-1 win. Both sides had chances, but Liverpool’s were of higher quality, and only a big mistake from Alisson saw Leicester cause a serious problem.

The manager saw things in a mostly positive light.

“We could have scored earlier in the game”, Klopp told BBC Sport. “I said a few times in the past a dry pitch mean not good football, Leicester wanted to be aggressive but couldn’t because we moved so well.

“The moment the pitch got dry we needed too long to get used to it. Second half we have to control with the ball, we did that without the ball by dropping deeper. We were in a few situations a little lucky, but think we deserved to win.

“12 points, if someone told me that at the start of the season with fewer goals conceded it is a little better. The boys go to their international teams, they will hopefully all come back fit to Liverpool then we play the rest of the season.”

Speaking of Alisson’s error in which he attempted to play the ball out but got caught with an open goal, the boss stated that he “thought it would happen. I didn’t think it would happen during the next match. He knows it, we need to get used to it.

“We constantly get the ball to the keeper but the player needs to learn there are other solutions. Joe [Gomez] could have cleared the ball, Alisson could have too. That is how it is. He is a fantastic goalkeeper, makes some fantastic saves. He didn’t do what he was supposed to but it’s all good.”

Today was a genuine test of nerves for Liverpool, with Leicester coming back after going 2-0 down and putting real pressure on the reds. The side were able to come through the better, though, and head into the international break with a perfect record.