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Jürgen Klopp on Liverpool’s Win Over Newcastle: An Incredible Game, Not a Perfect Game

Klopp broadly satisfied on the final day.

Newcastle United v Liverpool FC - Premier League Photo by Serena Taylor/Newcastle United via Getty Images

Well, that’s the end of another season. And it was pretty good, wasn’t it? League title, 99 points, looks pretty tidy to me.

It’s been a bit weird since the lockdown, and it was another weird one today. Newcastle went a goal up very early on, but Liverpool turned it around with goals from Virgil van Dijk and Sadio Mané. The Liverpool manager seemed broadly pleased.

“The boys played an incredible game, not a perfect game”, BBC Sport report Klopp as saying. “Like you say in this country a dead rubber.

“I didn’t like the goal we conceded but it helped to make clear [what they faced]. We made so many changes after a long time of playing with similar line-ups. It’s not fair on their judgement because they need to get used to their game.

“We really worked in the game and got better and better and better even before the changes. But the changes helped massively. I liked the game. It’s far away from being perfect but over the season we did not just win games when everything was perfect, we won a lot of difficult games too.

“I’m not going to the office for a while. I will be together with my family, that’s all I need. Two weeks and a couple of days and we start again. It will be especially difficult next season - four weeks shorter [break]. We will use that and go again.”

All’s well that ends well. That’s the end of a very enjoyable season. Everybody enjoy what’s left of the summer (or winter if you’re in the southern hemisphere) and we’ll come back to talk about Liverpool’s games next season. We go again.