"That's the only way I know to get back on track" - Klopp believes ugly wins are necessary to revive Liverpool's season
Liverpool will have to fight for more “ugly” wins between now and the end of the season according to Jürgen Klopp.
The boss was referring to how his men battled hard to take all three points from their game at Molineux on Monday night. Diogo Jota’s strike just before half-time was all that separated the teams at the end.
Speaking to Liverpoolfc.com about the win against Wolves, and the Champions League victory over RB Leipzig, Klopp said it has been the team’s battling qualities and defensive solidity that has pleased him the most:
“The season is completely different than we obviously expected before the season.
“Nothing is anymore like it was then. That’s not a problem. We knew one is the idea and the other thing is the reality. It’s what we have to do.
“We have to show up in each game, we have to fight with all we have for the result, for this one result – only for this one result. And then in the end we will see where it leads us.
“I think the Champions League game [against Leipzig] was just a good example. We played a good game, a really good game against a strong opponent, but the most pleasing part was how we defended together. Everybody was involved in that – and tonight again. And that was the key.
“That we scored a goal obviously helped as well but that we got a clean sheet again was about the whole team defending and I’m really happy about that.”
Klopp knows his Reds are nowhere near their top level at the moment but he saw the performance against Wolves as another positive step in the right direction:
“When things are not easy and things are not clicking, you have to work even harder and the boys worked hard [against Wolves]. The start was not good in the game – we weren’t active enough, we didn’t do enough in the beginning. But from 10 or 15 minutes, from that moment on we were really in the game, fought, played.
“Again, the last pass, last touch was not often enough there that we scored more but we scored one and defended together this result.
“‘Ugly’, ‘dirty’, whatever is right and I have absolutely no problem with that because that’s the only way I know to get back on track.”
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