Klopp Singles Out Liverpool Man for Praise; Tells Press He Could Not Care Less

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Jurgen Klopp singled out his Liverpool skipper Jordan Henderson for special praise and still believes there is more to come from his Reds after defeating Sheffield United.

The Reds went 13 points clear at the top of Premier League table after securing a 2-0 victory over Sheffield United at Anfield in a match which Blades boss Chris Wilder said “flattered” his side.

Goals from superstar forwards Mohammed Salah and Sadio Mane sealed the three points with goals in either half, and Liverpool supremo Klopp was ecstatic with the performances of his men.

Speaking to the BBC immediately following the match, the German said: “It’s obviously good [to go unbeaten for a year] but the target tonight was not to extend this, but to win the game.”

The German though still believes there is improvement to come from his charges and he says he is not bothered how the media dress that up.

“There is space for improvement,” said Klopp.

“How you deal with it in the headlines I couldn’t care less. We don’t see it as a threat for other teams.

“For us, it’s important that we just care about us. We can do things better and we have to. But I saw some things tonight that we did better than the last game, for example.

“There was no party after the game. It’s really an intense period of the year, so it’s not like somebody wants to go out tonight and have a few drinks, they’re all happy when they’re in bed – so am I, by the way!

“The players know they want to do better. But for tonight, our performance was as good as anything. It was just really, really good. That makes me quite happy.”

Klopp also singled out captain Jordan Henderson, who drew praise from Gary Lineker on Twitter, after the skipper ran the game at Anfield.

Think @JHenderson might just be the most underrated player in Premier League history. Guess I might have just changed that.

— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) January 2, 2020

“It was a really good football game. We played in exactly the way you have to play against Sheffield United. I don’t think they had a lot of games like this in 2019,” added Klopp.

“That was the best thing for me, that the boys didn’t let them get anything from the game.

“Our passing was really good, we broke lines, our positioning was exceptional, our defensive discipline was exceptional.

“Because of the way they set it up, it’s difficult for the counter-press, but it’s really good how we reacted, the centre-halves were spot on, Hendo around that outstanding.

“We didn’t let them have any moments until 75-80 minutes when our passing got sloppy and then you saw they weren’t broken, they were still waiting for their situations.

“We got concentrated again and brought the game over the line. Very, very well deserved.”

 

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