Re­sults over style for Klopp and Reds

Sport360 - - Premier League - By Ed El­liot @Sport360 ✉ ed­i­to­[email protected]

Jur­gen Klopp hailed Liver­pool’s “most ma­ture per­for­mance of the sea­son” after they got their ti­tle chal­lenge back on track by grind­ing out an un­con­vinc­ing 1-0 win at Brighton.

Klopp’s ta­ble-top­ping Reds have stut­tered since the turn of the year, los­ing their un­beaten Premier League record to cham­pi­ons Manch­ester City be­fore limp­ing out of the FA Cup at Wolves.

The Mersey­side club were far from their best at the Amex Sta­dium but Mo­hamed Salah’s sec­ond­half penalty was enough to re­store their seven-point lead over sec­ond­placed City.

Klopp ad­mit­ted his side can per­form bet­ter but dis­missed the lack of en­ter­tain­ment against stub­born op­po­si­tion by say­ing they “are not the Har­lem Glo­be­trot­ters”.

“It was not the best per­for­mance of the sea­son in a few de­part­ments but from a ma­tu­rity point of view, I would say it is the most ma­ture per­for­mance in the sea­son,” he said.

“We are not Cir­cus Ron­calli, we are not the Har­lem Glo­be­trot­ters. We have to de­liver re­sults.

“On a good day, ev­ery­body can win foot­ball games, on an av­er­age day not a lot of teams can win foot­ball games, and on bad days only a few can win foot­ball games. To­day was not a bad day but it was a dif­fi­cult day for us. It was just a dif­fi­cult day be­cause we have to say that Brighton is do­ing re­ally well.”

Egypt for­ward Salah, who re­tained his African Player of the Year ti­tle ear­lier this week, smashed home his 14th league goal of the sea­son from the spot in the 49thminute after he was felled by Pas­cal Gross. The strike was enough to put more day­light be­tween the divi­sion’s top two teams, al­though Pep Guardi­ola’s City can close the gap back to four points when they face Wolves on Mon­day.

Klopp felt it was im­por­tant to ‘climb back on the horse’ fol­low­ing the re­cent blip as the Reds chase a first ti­tle in 29 years.

“Not be­cause (the de­feat) was to Manch­ester City, it’s just im­por­tant,” added the Ger­man. “If you fall from the horse as a rider, the best thing you can do is go im­me­di­ately back on it. Do you use that say­ing as well in Eng­land? You have more horses any­way than we, we prob­a­bly stole it from you. It’s cool, it’s good and it’s im­por­tant.”

Mo ma­tu­rity: Salah and Klopp.

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