Liver­pool show much needed calm­ness in Klopp’s first win

The Herald - Sport - - FOOTBALL -

JUR­GEN KLOPP’S first vic­tory as Liver­pool man­ager was se­cured via the un­like­li­est of sources as de­fender Nathaniel Clyne scored the only goal to beat Bournemouth 1-0.

The England de­fender, play­ing in an un­fa­mil­iar left-back po­si­tion, net­ted his first goal for the club he joined in the sum­mer to book a Cap­i­tal One Cup quar­ter-fi­nal place.

Clyne would not have been many peo­ple’s choice as the match-win­ner but af­ter three suc­ces­sive draws Klopp was more than happy to take it af­ter mak­ing nine changes from the side which drew at home to Southamp­ton on Sun­day.

The Ger­man handed first starts to academy grad­u­ates Joao Teix­eira, Cameron Bran­na­gan and Con­nor Ran­dall, mak­ing his de­but, and all fared well.

How­ever, the re­sult could have turned out very dif­fer­ently had the vis­i­tors taken ad­van­tage of a great op­por­tu­nity in­side five min­utes.

Ju­nior Stanis­las cut in­side Lovren, leav­ing the Croa­tia in­ter­na­tional on his back­side, but gave Adam Bog­dan the chance to save with his legs.

The Bournemouth mid­fielder had two other chances in the first half with a close-range header and free-kick but on both oc­ca­sions the Liver­pool goal­keeper was more than a match.

Liver­pool grew into the game and Roberto Firmino be­gan to im­press, and his pass picked out the per­fect­ly­timed run of Teix­eira who, show­ing the cock­i­ness of youth, back­heeled past Adam Fed­erici and al­though Adam Smith got back to clear off the line Clyne fired home the weak clear­ance.

It may have been be­cause it was only the League Cup, but there was none of the pre­vi­ous anx­i­ety a 1-0 lead would have held head­ing into the last 20 min­utes.

The Kop ap­peared much more re­laxed and that seemed to fil­ter down to the play­ers with Teix­eira’s con­fi­dence still on a high as he forced Fed­erici into a good save.

But with no alarms at the other end, Liver­pool held on to a lead for only the fourth time this sea­son to of­fer yet more progress for Klopp.

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RE­LIEF: Jur­gen Klopp was an­i­mated through­out the Cap­i­tal One Cup clash as he fi­nally claimed his first win as Liver­pool man­ager af­ter be­gin­ning with three frus­trat­ing draws

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