Klopp delights in “very big win” for Reds at Sheffield United

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Liverpool boss Jürgen Klopp was delighted with his side’s match-winning performance against Sheffield United on Sunday night.

Second-half goals from Curtis Jones and a deflected Bobby Firmino shot gave The Reds a much-needed 2-0 win and kept them well in the hunt for a top-four finish in the Premier League this season.

At his post-match press conference, Klopp was asked if the togetherness of the squad was ever a worry in such a difficult period:

“I was never in doubt about the togetherness of this team. So, the world is like this. We win a game, we showed togetherness obviously for everybody. We don’t win a game and people guess we are not together. It’s not as easy as that. It was another special week and, yeah, it is a very nice touch from Curtis [dedicating his goal to the memory of Alisson Becker’s father], of course. But it was clear that it will be like this that we try our everything, not only for Ali, but for Ali as well of course.”

On how important the win was, Klopp said:

“Very big, very big. We needed the points obviously to get kind of in contact with the teams above us, so it was very important.”

The manager also had some special words about Curtis Jones’ performance:

“There is a lot to come from Curtis. The potential is exceptional. We had a lot of talks this week, video sessions as well and we showed him just that he has to be more in these decisive areas because he’s very good with the ball, his control is good. He controls the game really, keeps the ball – that’s all really good – but a player with this quality, we need him in finishing situations as well tonight. It worked out really well, so happy about that.”

Next up for Liverpool is the visit of Chelsea to Anfield on Thursday night. The Reds must put an end to a run of four consecutive home defeats in the Premier League.

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