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Klopp praises Liverpool ‘patience’ after convincing 4-1 Cardiff win

Jurgen Klopp was happy with the patience his team displayed on their way to a 4-1 win over Cardiff City at Anfield on Saturday.

Following the victory the German spoke of the need for patience when coming up against teams who are focused on denying Liverpool space on the pitch.

“If you are not patient against Cardiff you will not find space,” Klopp told the BBC.

“They don’t give it away. In the decisive areas, it makes it is quite tricky. The start was good, got the goal and had chances.’’

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Klopp also acknowledged that Liverpool faced some nervy moments when defending set-pieces, particularly in the second half.

“Because of the Wednesday game concentration dropped, we gave the ball away, set pieces were so hard because they are so dangerous. We defended them pretty well. 1-0 at half-time, all good. Sadio scores, but it doesn’t change anything for Cardiff, very compact still.

“But 90 minutes in the creative mood costs you. The boys don’t like it, I don’t like it, but the goal helped because at 2-1 Cardiff started believing and we used the space for nice goals. Happy because it is difficult, playing Wednesday and Saturday, we are through it with maximum points. That is good.”

Liverpool continue their Premier League campaign with a trip to North London where they will play Arsenal next Saturday evening.

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