Klopp talks Coutinho injury, crowd exhortations, Sunderland tactics

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Sunderland boss David Moyes gave his opposing manager something he’d yet to see in football.

Liverpool beat the Black Cats 2-0 on Saturday, a win that left Reds manager Jurgen Klopp describing the performance as “the most defensive team I ever saw in my life”.

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The loss sends Sunderland back to the Premier League basement, while Liverpool leaps atop the table on goal differential before Chelsea faces Spurs.

From the BBC:

“There is a lot to analyse. This was the most defensive team I ever saw in my life. Sunderland always play a defensive style and that is OK. We forced them to be that. It is the most difficult thing in world football to come through but we stayed concentrated, worked for the moment and found a way.”

Klopp also said that Coutinho’s injury is indeed an ankle problem, but that they had to wait to learn the severity.

He also commented on his exhortations to the fans at Anfield, as Klopp very visibly begged his fans to liven up.

“The excitement is in the detail and that means you have to celebrate before you score a goal and push the team on if possible. It worked out. It is important the crowd know about the importance of their support.”

The Reds host Leeds United in the EFL Cup quarterfinals on Tuesday before a weekend trip to Bournemouth.

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