Jurgen Klopp has admitted his ‘frustration’ after seeing his Liverpool made to battle for a hard-fought 1-0 win over ‘tough’ Sheffield United.
The European champions had struggled to break down their resilient opponents for much of the contest at Bramall Lane, though Georginio Wijnaldum’s second-half volley squeezed under Dean Henderson, the blunder from the on-loan goalkeeper resulting in the game’s only goal.
Klopp admitted that his side performed below their usual standards during Saturday’s early kick-off, but expressed his delight at securing an ‘important’ win’ and praising the toughness of Chris Wilder’s side.
Sheffield United are the first team to prevent Liverpool from scoring multiple goals in a Premier League game since Everton on March 2019.
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“For us it was important to win,” Klopp told BT Sport. “We had unbelievably big chances, in the first half we had two big chances and in the second one which we scored from. These games, they are not all beauties and you have to work hard for the results.
“You have to respect the opponent, we had good moments and it was one of these games you have to win but not think too much about it. One team deserved to win, which was us, but all respect to Sheffield United, they were tough.
“I was frustrated, and at half time we spoke about it. We started well, but you have to do the same things again and again. It’s about body language, it starts with the centre halves, it’s the little things.
“They threw everything at us, they worked incredibly hard, they were a real threat. I am fine with the game, not overly happy but it happens. We were concentrated at set pieces for 95 minutes the boys were spot on. We didn’t play our best football but there we are.”