Jürgen Klopp’s first Premier League win as Reds boss was built on hard work and a slice of luck according to the German…
Liverpool ended a run of three consecutive Premier League draws on Saturday in stunning fashion with a 3-1 win at Chelsea.
The result was made all the more impressive by the fact the Merseysiders fell behind after just four minutes when Ramires headed home a Cesar Azpilicueta cross.
An exquisite Philippe Coutinho curler bought the scores level seconds before the interval and the Brazilian was on target again in the 74th minute to put the visitors in front.
With the reigning champions pushing for an equaliser, Jürgen Klopp‘s side had several chances to make the game safe on the break and substitute Christian Benteke finally did so seven minutes from time.
The victory represents the first time Liverpool have scored three goals in an away league game since last December, when they beat Leicester City. That was also the last time they came from behind to win in the league.
Analysing the encounter at his post-match press conference, Klopp remarked: “We didn’t have the best start in the game.
“We needed a few minutes to come into it and Chelsea made their goal – one of those strange situations where there were four against two in the corner and they made the cross.
“They made their goal but we stood in the game. We had our moments, we played football and our build-up with short passes – what we want to do – was very good.
“They tried to make high pressure but we could play in the spaces between. So we could change the situation a little bit and I think in the first half we deserved it.
“Of course, it’s dangerous because of the quality of Chelsea with the counter. But we controlled these situations; not perfectly, we showed the guys a few situations at half-time where we had to protect our situations better. We made a goal and deserved the draw at half-time.
“In the second half it was an open game, we got a little bit more of the game and made our goals in two perfect moments for us. Shoot at the right moment, don’t shoot at the wrong moment, take the ball to a better situation and then shoot. A little bit of luck, of course, but I feel it was deserved.
“At the end, we had to work hard but that`s normal if you want to win at Chelsea. We had to work hard and that`s what we did.”
Particularly impressive was the way the players reacted to the early setback, especially in light of how they struggled after conceding against Southampton last weekend.
“It’s not possible to train that part of football,” added Klopp. “But you can change things and that`s what they did today.
“That reaction is very important for us because in the Premier League it’s not possible that in each game you’ll go into a 3-0 lead and play easygoing.
“You have to fight, that’s what we did today. And you have to solve your problems in the game and that’s what we did today too.”
The three points move Liverpool up to seventh place in the standings ahead of Sunday’s fixtures.
The Kop outfit are four points off the top four and a further four behind joint leaders Manchester City and Arsenal.
When asked about an unlikely title tilt by reporters, Klopp unsurprisingly played down the prospect, saying: “Oh please. Are you crazy?
“I’ve been here three weeks, round about. You think after one win at Chelsea we should think about this?
“We don’t think about this. We have to think about the next game, about improving our game and our style. We can do much better than today.”
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