There are games that will stay with you because they’re tactically perfect. There are games that stay with you because the football was beautiful. Then there are games that stay with you because you were about to turn the TV off even before the final whistle but then somehow your goalkeeper managed to score one of the best headers of the season in the 95th minute of the game.
Listen, the fact that Liverpool struggled to win against a team that has already been relegated isn’t great. It definitely doesn’t bode well for our ability to win against Burnley and a Roy Hodgson-managed Crystal Palace. Still, a last minute winner this magnificent has to do something towards getting us those last two necessary wins. The boss doesn’t think we need to think about that, though.
“I don’t think we have to think too much about that,” Klopp said after the game. “We knew today that it will be a tough one. We played against a team who went through a lot, a lot of pressure situations and in the end they couldn’t make it. Today, free of pressure, but with a really good attitude, they gave us a proper fight.”
“I didn’t think a second about momentum, I wanted us just to be full of desire and calm anyway. And that’s what I saw, because we had to play football, you cannot really force it, like with shots from 35, 40 yards or something like that. You have to play through, we had to play the most difficult spaces between their lines. So we created chances but didn’t use them. And we needed a corner in the last second and our goalie to score off it. What a goal, what a worldie. Unbelievable goal. The technique, absolutely insane. Couldn’t have hit a better person, couldn’t have been a better moment. Just perfect for today. We didn’t have a lot of these moments in the season, so I don’t think we should take it for granted now just because we had it once. We have to keep going.”