Jürgen Klopp is on record not being a fan of the early Saturday morning kick-off, but it worked in their favor this week when Liverpool came from behind to beat Bournemouth and once again go 25 points ahead in the Premier League.
“I was in good spirits, let me say it like this,” Klopp assured. “I was absolutely happy about the result, the three points and the performance because I knew it would be tricky for different reasons. I think the decisions of the ref around the goals made it even more tricky for us, obviously. We wanted to fight back before the game and after that we had to fight back.”
That’s vague-manager speak for ‘the referee sucked’, if you didn’t decode that. Paul Tierney stepped onto the pitch thinking he was Beyonce in a Destiny’s Child concert and made himself the story. Hey Paul, to the left, to the left. Clear and obvious foul on the pitch to the left. (Editor’s note: I went back and watched the highlights to confirm that Gomez and Wilson were, in fact, on the left of Tierney. We don’t peddle in fake news here at TLO Towers.)
Despite going down to a goal before the 10 minute mark, Liverpool managed to grab two goals of their own in that half and keep the lead until the final whistle.
Or as Klopp put it: “We fought hard, played super football, the strikers played really good together and were connected. We had good passing behind, we had two super situations [with a] pass from half-space; one for Mo from Millie, I think, and one probably Ox for Trent where we could have scored more goals. We had other situations. We didn’t score then, that’s OK.
“Second half, we controlled the game. But the biggest chance in the second half was obviously Fraser’s chance. Millie saved our life, that helped massively, I really think we deserved that today. We had moments but didn’t finish it off. But the attitude again, the reaction to the different knocks, I liked a lot. So after the final whistle I was really happy.”
Being back in the swing of things should help prepare them for their midweek Champions League game, where they have to come back from a 1-0 deficit against Atletico Madrid. Also helping will be Andy Robertson and perhaps even captain Jordan Henderson returning to the lineup at Anfield.
This victory brings the team three victories away from clinching the Premier League title, which means we need to start preparing ourselves emotionally for the prospect of seeing Hendo raise that trophy above his head.