It took until the second half, but Liverpool ended up with a clearly deserved win at the Cardiff City Stadium today. Gini Wijnaldum scored from a routine on a corner, while James Milner converted a penalty won by Mohamed Salah to finish things off. Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp was happy with a good day’s work.
“It was prepared to be a proper banana skin and we knew that”, Klopp told BBC Sport, “but the boys were unbelievable. It was clear, difficult for all of us.
“The weather changed and made it much more intense. We knew we had to stay patient and do the right things. It was very dry on the pitch so passing was not very easy. The boys didn’t get frustrated, we had wonderful chances in the first half but we knew if we continued we would have chances.
”It was brilliant how we scored the goals. No doubt a penalty, he grabs him five or six times.
“I only know about me and I didn’t feel it (the pressure) we have to do it like we do it. We cannot change it. The boys try really with all they have, we only speak about the things we have to do.
“Their attitude is outstanding and it’s a tough season but a very positive one as well.
Goalscorer Gini Wijnaldum added, “It was tense the whole game, it was really tough. We knew that, the situation that both teams are in, we knew they would do everything to make it difficult for us.
“The pitch was dry, there were no ball boys anywhere but we knew that. Of course there was relief when I scored, we are in a tough situation as we knew we had to win to compete with Manchester City.
“In other leagues we might win this sort of game four or five nil but not in the Premier League.”
A solid day’s work done by all. Three more to go.