Liverpool don’t make it easy, sometimes.
It wasn’t easy against Newcastle. A seeming lack of focus allowed the home side to create plenty of chances and were deservedly level late in the game. Liverpool, however, kept pushing, and a late Divock Origi goal saw Jürgen Klopp’s team the three points. He was delighted, understandably.
“This was a victory of passion, heart and absolute desire,” Klopp told BBC Sport after the game.
“It’s destiny. If we’ll be champions we’ll be champions but these boys deliver and deliver and deliver. How can you feel pressure when you do your best? So far 94 points? Come on. It’s incredible.”
“Now we are qualified for our final on Sunday against Wolves. Of course, before that we play Barcelona, but I’m not thinking of that yet. Then we will see.
“I know what kind of boys I have - who doesn’t know after the game today? With the schedule we have, the games we have, and then playing here - obviously, the absolute opposite of a friendly game - playing against a team with the style they have. You have to run, we tried to press, you have to be around the second ball. It’s a big challenge to concentrate 100% always.
”I saw in the face of the boys’ reaction, it was good - nobody went nuts or whatever. If anyone thought Newcastle weren’t playing for anything, wow, that was competition - but we deserved to win.”
As Klopp says, there is no way of knowing where the title will go this season. City have the upper hand, and we’ll all be watching their game against Leicester tomorrow hoping for a Brendan Rodgers inspired miracle. But everything that can be asked of these players is being delivered. It might not be enough and that’s life. But it won’t be due to a lack of trying.