Klopp gave full marks to Nuno Espirito Santo‘s Wolves, who pushed Liverpool to the brink.
The Reds got a series of fine interventions from Alisson Becker after Wolves equalized through Raul Jimenez in the second half.
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That allowed Liverpool’s Brazilian center forward to deliver the match-winning goal.
Klopp didn’t love the performance, but he enjoyed the resolve.
“The genius moment of Bobby Firmino can help us,” Klopp said. “We won the game, incredibly difficult but who cares?”
“We didn’t panic but it was not like we we completely in the mood I wanted us to be in when we went 1-0 up. You saw then a couple of balls we played into their feet it makes no sense. It’s completely normal. It’s the most difficult thing in football. You start with a complex plan but the development of the game has influence on each individual on the pitch. One sees a chance, sees the space, are not exactly in the same mindset.
“So much to improve for us but knowing if we defend really well like we did in the third system we played tonight. Defending in a 4-4-2, offensively in a 4-3-3. Sadio off doesn’t help. Finishing the game in a 4-5-1. … Everybody worked their socks off. I’m so proud of the boys. It’s incredible.”
Cue more questions about Liverpool’s inevitable first Premier League title and a possible unbeaten season.
“It’s over when it’s over, not before. So why should we really think about it? Let’s carry on. It’s difficult enough. We have to find solutions for the different games then we will see.”
Liverpool visits Shrewsbury Town in the FA Cup on Saturday, then heads to West Ham United on Wednesday before hosting Saints on Feb. 1. The congested schedule won’t ease up unless the Reds get knocked out of some competitions, and you wouldn’t want to bet on that right now.
"Everybody worked their socks off and I'm so proud of the boys, it's incredible".
Plenty of love for his team from Jurgen Klopp ❤️ pic.twitter.com/eVMsao6GJq
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