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Klopp Talk: How Winning 2-1 Is Better Than 1-0

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Klopp believes his players’ workrates made their win much sweeter.

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Jürgen Klopp heaped plenty of praise on his players, who clawed back to win their game against Fulham after conceding a miserably terrible goal in the second half. In so doing, the Reds wrested the top spot of the league from Manchester City.

It’s no surprise, then, that the boss believes the workrate and mettle shown to win the game in the last few minutes, was impressive.

“As long as you are only 1-0 up, the door is half-open for the opponent,” he explained. “They used the one misunderstanding but then you have to stay in the race – and now it’s even better than winning 1-0. Like this is even better. I like it a lot.

“The boys’ work-rate was again outstanding. You could see it was the end of a very intense period again.”

While the flukey goal left something to be desired, the fact that Liverpool found a way to win under a huge amount of pressure should be a bit of a psychological boost for the team in the games going forward. The two points they have over Manchester City, at least for the time being, should also help the team heading into the international break.

And when the team returns from the break, they’ll have teammates Joe Gomez and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain back in full training and ready to play.

On Sunday afternoon, there was about seven minutes when it felt like Liverpool’s title challenge was over, then James Milner coolly slotted home the winning penalty, and once again it’s game on.