Liverpool’s win over Leicester felt like a narrow scrape because of the drama towards the end of the game. It wasn’t.
Liverpool played well throughout and were well worth more than the two goals they managed. Jürgen Klopp felt the side were decisive enough to earn the win.
“We had a 20-minute session to prepare for Leicester and decided to change our shape”, the Liverpool Echo report the manager as saying.
“Everyone who gets a point this season against Leicester will be a success for 95% of teams. A point against Leicester is not a catastrophe.
“In a difficult week like we had, really intense game on Wednesday when a really strong opponent like Leicester don’t have to play, we had 60 exceptional minutes.
“First half was exceptional. We put them under pressure, the energy level of the boys is incredible. The only problem we had was we only scored one goal.
“It was clear there would be a moment in the game Leicester would come up and our energy would drop.
“They came up, had more possession, when we had the ball we weren’t clear. We lost easy balls. They had their counter-attacks.
“They scored their goal and after that, it looked to me the game calmed down. They were not chasing the second. We had the bigger chances again.”
Of course, the broader picture is that Liverpool are on an incredible run of form, and Klopp had words about this as well.
“If winning eight games in a row would be easy, a whole lot of teams would have done it already,” the German added. “In this league it’s not easy. It is really difficult.
“Of course the boys have a bit of belief because they experience that, in our common past. The kind of effort they put in is exceptional.
“We respect the hard work we have to do. So far, so good but 30 games to go.
“We are not fussed by the situation, the winning streak, not really.
“We didn’t look a second like a team who had won so many games they didn’t have the desire any more to win another. We looked like a team that had never won a game before.
“The atmosphere in the stadium was brilliant at 1-1. Everything was positive in the stadium, that is just so helpful.
“It was a good performance by the whole Liverpool family but now the boys travel literally all over the world and hopefully come back healthy and we prepare for Manchester United.”
It’s getting very routine now for Liverpool. That’s another win in the bag. Onto gulp Old Trafford.