That’s the kind of resilience Jurgen Klopp has been keen to build. This team can turn up after a manic week and just get the job done.
“Southampton had one more big chance and if they score then we can’t moan about that – but I think we deserve three points”, Football365 report Klopp as saying. “I’m happy with the performance.
“We gave them a proper boost by that nice pass by Adrian. He has finally arrived because it is his third game and so it is normal for a Liverpool keeper to tick that box [by making a mistake]! Now we can carry on.
Talking more specifically about the conditions Liverpool had to play under after the midweek Super Cup exploits, Klopp added that “it was so difficult for us today. We showed from the first second that nobody was tired today. We were here to win game, that was the only reason, so we had to fight like crazy.
“I said before the game that most of the headlines were written, everyone was prepared for what looked like a banana skin, because Southampton had lost their first game and we had problems here last year.
“Our plan for the headline was ‘the mentality giants are in town’ – that was my headline. I thought the boys fought for each yard of the pitch and played good football and scored wonderful goals.”
They certainly were, Jürgen. They certainly were. We’re at a point where you just don’t worry about this Liverpool side very much. On any day, on any given occasion, you know they’re capable of getting the job done. It might not always be spectacular, but it almost always works. Long may it continue.