Klopp hails Kop roar as Reds see off Black Cats

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“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. –

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