Liverpool - Jurgen Klopp saluted the Anfield crowd after
they willed Liverpool to a 2-0 victory against Sunderland.
Klopp's side were involved in a war of attrition on Saturday
as failed to break down Sunderland during the first half.
After the re-start, Reds boss Klopp ran down the touchline
to implore the Kop to sing louder and it seemed to have the desired effect.
Liverpool remained patient as Sunderland repelled everything
Klopp's men could throw at them until Divock Origi's 75th minute finish put the
Reds on the path to a victory confirmed by James Milner's 91st minute penalty.
The win was marred by a first half ankle injury to Brazil
midfielder Philippe Coutinho which saw him stretchered off in clear agony.
Yet despite the hard-working nature of the win, Klopp was
pleased -- and praised the way the atmosphere improved and gave his side a lift
when they needed it most.
"I don't think I have ever played against a more
defensive team," said Klopp, whose side remain one point behind leaders
"They were man-marking against Coutinho and their
striker Victor Anichebe was at left full-back.
"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.
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"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."
- No pressure -
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,"
"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.
He was visibly distressed as he was stretchered off with his
right leg in a temporary brace 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
"In the first moment it was very painful but at half
time he said it was better. I am quite an optimistic guy so I hope he can train
Liverpool had 78 percent of the possession and 27 shots,
compared to a paltry six from Sunderland, and that statistic tells the story of
how they dominated this encounter.
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
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