Jurgen Klopp has labelled Liverpool’s 2-1 win at Fulham as an ‘average game, sensational result’.
Liverpool moved back to the top of the Premier League with a nervy victory at Craven Cottage, James Milner’s penalty sealing three points after former Reds forward Ryan Babel cancelled out Sadio Mane’s first half opener.
The win lifts Liverpool two points clear of Manchester City, who were in FA Cup action this weekend, and Klopp was pleased after seeing his side return to the top.
‘Football is sometimes like this; now we got a penalty and we say we didn’t panic. I didn’t see us panic, that’s right – I liked how we reacted – but we needed a penalty for that situation,’ Klopp told his post-match press conference.
‘That doesn’t say we were sensational, the boys are human beings. I was sure we would not panic, we would not show the nerves you are all waiting for.
‘We are long enough in this situation. We know it’s difficult for other teams to beat us, that always gives us the opportunity pretty much to win it.
‘Most of the draws we had, we were closer to winning the game. That gives us confidence, that we know another chance will come – go for it and do the right things.
‘We didn’t do the right things before; five or 10 minutes before the equaliser we had so many little mistakes that made it a wild game. We controlled the game completely and then we gave Fulham the ball, the crowd came and it was a bit more exciting again.
‘We had a very intense week, going to Munich and coming back, travelling to London is not around the corner for us. So I’m completely fine – average game, sensational result.’