Howling, swirling winds and a desperate last place club with a new manager were the latest challenges for Jurgen Klopp‘s Liverpool, who nevertheless danced away with a 2-0 win over Watford at Anfield on Saturday.
The club, who lost Georginio Wijnaldum to injury, now turns its attention to a bizarre week which will include its reserves and prospects playing in the League Cup versus Aston Villa while the first team heads to the Club World Cup.
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“It was not the prettiest game but I am more than happy with that,” said Jurgen Klopp. “At this stage you have to show resilience and I believe we did that today. We have so many games but we are happy with this.”
Klopp said sometimes a win is about guts more than style.
“Watford had their chances but we scored ours. We could have made the game easier for us but it’s intense to be constantly in charge of the game. We have to defend with passion not organization sometimes and that was sometimes now, right?”
James Milner played left back on the day, having signed a new deal earlier in the week.
He’s had plenty of experience in adverse conditions but said the vicious wind helped stop Liverpool from being its very best.
“They was always going to be up for it,” he said, via The Liverpool Echo. “A new manager coming in and we know what Nigel is like as well. (The wind) is not nice it affects everything, your touch, the longer passes, crosses, touch etc, but you have to deal with it. It is the same for both teams and sometimes you just have to scrap it out.”