‘We can’t be brilliant every game’ – Klopp reacts to Liverpool’s latest late win over Palace

Liverpool’s relentless march towards a first league title in 30 years, continued today with the Reds securing a dramatic late 2-1 win away to Crystal Palace.

Jurgen Klopp’s side started brightly, but as the first-half wore on Crystal Palace came into the game and would look the side more likely to break the deadlock.

The Eagles thought they had taken a deserved lead on the stroke of half-time only see to James Tomkins back post header controversially ruled out by VAR.

Liverpool have mastered the art of winning games when not at their best in recent times, and would take the lead just after the break via a scruffy close-range effort from Sadio Mane.

Palace continued to impress though and few could argue they didn’t deserve their goal when Wilf Zaha equalised in the 82nd minute.

However, Klopp’s Liverpool would once again break the hearts of the chasing by netting another scruffy strike in the 85th minute, this time through Brazilian forward Roberto Firmino.

Today’s win means Liverpool have now gone 30 games unbeaten in the league and speaking afterwards Klopp felt his side ultimately deserved their victory despite not being at their best.

“At the end we won the game and it was deserved as well,” Klopp told Sky Sports.

”There was not too many mistakes but the goal they scored was good.

“I’m happy with the result and big parts of the performance because I know it’s not possible to be brilliant every game.

“If you don’t finish the game off they will keep going. The atmosphere was really good. We defended slightly too deep.

“It’s not that they scored and we decide ‘right we can start winning the game now’. We knew it would be tough. Now we have won, good, let’s go home and prepare for Napoli.”

Liverpool’s win sees them stay eight points clear of Leicester City at the top of the Premier League table.

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