Jurgen Klopp has discussed Liverpool’s ability to score crucial late goals but has warned his side not to ‘stretch’ their luck too much following another late show this weekend.
Liverpool scored twice in the final minutes to come from behind and win at Aston Villa on Saturday, the third league fixture in succession they have fallen behind only to secure a positive result by scoring late on.
Sadio Mane’s winner at Villa Park was the fifth time the Reds have scored a 90th-minute winning goal since the start of last season, more than any other side in the Premier League during that time.
Whilst Klopp admits Liverpool’s ability to score crucial late goals is a testament to their composure and character, he has warned his league leaders not to ‘stretch’ their luck too much as they bid to continue their impressive start to the new season.
“The last three times we conceded the first goal in the game, but the good thing is it is not a massive obvious impact.” Klopp said at his pre-match press conference ahead of Tuesday’s Champions League meeting with Genk at Anfield.
“It’s like it should be: it’s information and nothing else. No impact needed, just go for it. It’s never that we think before a game that we only want to score once and that should be enough and then you concede one and we think, ‘Oh my God, we can only go for a draw now’ – we want to win football games.
“We don’t want to stretch luck too much, but the game at Aston Villa, for example, I didn’t think 100 per cent that we would score but I was sure we would get moments if we stayed as composed as we were, as clear and as creative, as direct as we were in the second half, then we would have chances and we have to use them, obviously.
“That’s what the boys did in very decisive moments, that’s why we won the game, that’s why we’ve now scored twice late, against Tottenham late, Manchester United late and all of these things.”