Between James Milner’s inconvenient but irrefutable red card, and Liverpool leaking three goals for the first time in the league this season, Saturday’s game against Crystal Palace was difficult from start to finish.
But there’s something to be said for winning the hard way, and Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp seems to agree. After Saturday’s match, he praised his players, who he called “warriors” after their performance at Anfield.
“I would say that’s what we had first, before we started playing brilliant football,” he told the official site.
“These boys are ready to do that, they are real fighters. It’s a bunch of proper warriors – I love that. They all stick their leg in or whatever.
“If you would have seen Millie sitting in the dressing room, completely frustrated obviously because of the [red] card but both knees bleeding – where can you get that from on that fantastic pitch?
“It was a really hard-fought victory. It’s so cool. It’s just nice then to see the faces of all the people [in the crowd]. You are close enough, you go there and see the happy faces. That’s cool.”
The good news is that after that tough performance, the team has an extended break to allow players to regain fitness and to take some time to relax and get their heads on straight for the back-end of the season.