Klopp heaps praise on Liverpool players for staying calm in comeback
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp said his players “deserved a lot of praise” for staying calm in overcoming a half-time deficit to beat Tottenham 2-1 at Anfield.
The Reds extend their lead over second placed Manchester City to six points and their unbeaten home league run to a remarkable 45 game since Sam Allardyce’s Crystal Palace took the points in April 2017.
They had to dig deep against a Spurs side that remain winless away in the Premier League since January but at least appear to be returning to some decent form after their 5-0 thrashing of Red Star Belgrade in the Champions League on Tuesday.
“Being 1-0 down against Tottenham with the strength they have in counter-attacking is really tough one,” said Klopp. “The boys deserve a lot of credit.
“When you are 1-0 down, we didn’t chase it immediately. We just played it.
“Very often the result is the result of the performance. Today, thank God, it worked out like that. The performance was really, really good. I liked it a lot, in a difficult game.
“An early goal is not the best thing that can happen but sometimes it makes one thing clear – game on.
“The game I loved. It was a super game, it was how football should look, how we should play against a really strong, good, organised side with the threat constantly that each ball you lose could possibly end up in front of your own goal.”
Harry Kane had stunned the home fans after just 47 seconds stooping to nod home when Dejan Lovren deflected a curling Son Heung-Min effort on to the post.
It was his 16th goal for club and country already this term.and his sixth against the Reds in ten games.
Jordan Henderson leveled just after the break with his first goal of the season after Danny Rose failed to cut out a Fabinho chip to the back post.
Mo Salah had a frustrating afternoon in front of goal but after Serge Aurier raked his studs down Sadio Mane’s calf inside the box the Egyptian coolly slotted home the winner from the spot.
There was a scare shortly later when Salah limped off with a recurrence of the ankle injury he picked up against Leicester but Klopp later denied it was a serious problem.
Tottenham drop into the bottom half of the table and trail leaders Liverpool by 16 points after just ten games.
“Liverpool are getting those little breaks at the moment,” said Spurs skipper Kane. “”We made a great result but we dropped a little deep and soaked up the pressure.”