Klopp hails Kop roar as Reds see off Black Cats
“They were man-marking against Coutinho and their striker Victor Anichebe was at left fullback.
“We all need to learn to handle a situation like this. We have a football situation and work on it but I believe in atmosphere – it is a big, big part of the game.
“The crowd was really good in the first half and second half it was like ‘come on we have waited long enough’.
“Atmosphere makes everything easier, I tried to remind the crowd and they reacted more than brilliant.”
The win made it 11 unbeaten in the Premier League for Liverpool and Klopp downplayed any worries about whether he can handle the pressure that comes with trying to end his club’s long title drought.
“The size of the club puts no pressure on me,” said Klopp.
“It is no pressure, a big joy, a big honour. I don’t think about the size every day or the greatness.”
The only downside for Liverpool from the contest was the first-half injury to Coutinho and Klopp accepts that he will have to wait to see how the Brazilian recovers in the next few days.
“We have to wait for the scan,” he said. “What we know it is something with the ankle. He had pain but pain gets better.
“In the first moment it was very painful but at halftime he said it was better. I am quite an optimistic guy so I hope he can train tomorrow.”
Despite the loss, Sunderland’s fans should not be too downhearted and boss David Moyes was pleased with the way his men had managed to frustrate Liverpool, even if they could not quite hang on.
“I thought we’d got to the point where they needed the manager to get the crowd going,” Moyes said.
“We frustrated them for long periods. It was always going to be a difficult job coming here.
“They’re probably the best attacking team in the Premier League at the moment.
“We had to try and do a job but at the end it wasn’t enough. I think the difference in the quality between the two squads was the difference.” – AFP
Manchester City’s manager Pep Guardiola (left) jokes with Nolito after their English Premier League match against Burnley at Turf Moor in Burnley yesterday. –