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Jürgen Klopp Says Liverpool “Needed” Manchester United Win

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A huge three points in the hunt for top four.

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Liverpool beat Manchester United 4-2 tonight at Old Trafford and, rain or shine, that’s always a huge result. But it was also a huge three points, putting the Reds in a much stronger position to secure a top four spot.

The manager was understandably delighted.

“Great fight, good game, intense - all derbies should be - and my first win at Old Trafford”, BBC Sport report Klopp as saying. “Good timing I would say. We needed it. We deserved it. All good.

“Top goals. We reacted really well to their goal. We were unlucky in that moment. Bruno Fernandes, we let him go inside. It was unlucky in the centre but the defending in that moment was not good. We didn’t do that well in the first 15 minutes but then we got control and we could play the way we wanted to play.

“It was good. All good performances. Our two centre-halves were a little shaky at the beginning of the game with passes but then did a really good game. Trent was in proper shape tonight and played pretty much everything.

“They couldn’t chip the ball through to Bruno Fernandes any more and step by step we got control of the game. It was of course tricky at 3-2 but we scored that fourth goal. We needed that. It was very intense. I really thought the midfield played outstandingly well. When Curtis Jones came on he helped a lot. It was good.

“We are still in the game, in the race. That is all we could have done tonight. It is very intense. We have to recover quickly and go again. We played a good game and did good enough to win so obviously we did a lot of right stuff tonight.”

The hard work is still to be done for Liverpool to get top four. Win all three remaining games and it’s pretty likely. Let’s get to work.