Liverpool fans were disappointed following the nil-nil result away at Old Trafford Sunday—a result, it must be noted, that put the Reds atop the Premier League. That disappointment under the circumstances is a sign of just how far this club has come under Jurgen Klopp.
Regardless, the traveling Kop gave it their all, before, during, and after the match. Kloppo certainly took notice.
“I always think after the game it is our responsibility to thank them, not the other way round, but I loved the reception they gave. Thank you,” Klopp said in today’s official program notes, ahead of the showdown against Watford.
“More importantly I loved the message they were sending. They were on the front foot. Our supporters were full of positivity for our position. I will be the first to admit we had not quite given them the performance we had all hoped for over the entire 90 minutes – but there were circumstances around this and our supporters are knowledgeable and appreciative of the desire and the effort.
“There was also a defiance in them that I really love. They were shoulders back, chest out and proud of what we do together. Absolutely the attitude and mentality we all need. I saw and I heard the passion and it filled me with belief and all I could think is ‘We are Liverpool’ and that’s all that matters.”
It is this attitude of defiance that Klopp wants to implement throughout the club, especially in his players.
“Nobody takes points from Liverpool now unless they are prepared to prise it from our clenched fist – and I haven’t seen many this season that can beat us when it comes to will and desire,” Klopp continued, “Our core values remain – which is that we are a team built on positivity and attacking intent. It flows through our veins. We approach games also with the view of ‘what can WE do today’ – never ‘what can we do to stop our opponent’.”
Watford come to Anfield in good form, but the Reds will need to find their winning form again if they are to remain top of the pile and really push on for the rest of the campaign. If they can push on, it will no doubt be from this attitude of defiance and a belief that the title is theirs for the taking.