Jurgen Klopp couldn’t hide his delight after watching Divock Origi’s late winner against Newcastle United on Saturday evening, describing it as ‘a fairy tale’.
Liverpool knew that they needed to beat the Magpies to maintain the relentless pressure on league leaders Man City, although with just four minutes of normal time to play, they were being held 2-2 by Rafael Benitez’s Newcastle side in what was an enthralling clash at St. James Park.
Virgil van Dijk and Mohamed Salah had twice given Liverpool the lead only to be pegged back by goals from Christian Atsu and Salomon Rondon in a game which was strewn with controversial talking points.
With the Reds needing a win to move ahead of Man City at the top of the Premier League, Jurgen Klopp turned to two of his lesser-used members of his squad, with Xherdan Shaqiri and Divock Origi combining to snatch an 86th winner.
Speaking after the game, Klopp described the late winner as ‘a fairy tale’.
“So crucial. What can I say? It is just brilliant, it is like a fairy tale,” Klopp said in his pre-match press conference.
“You can say whatever you want about me – they don’t play often enough, Shaqiri not often enough. I make this decision. It is great that they do it, I love it. That was really a big moment.”
The Reds will be looking to former manager Brendan Rodgers to do them a favour when he takes his Leicester City side to the Etihad on Monday, with anything less than a win for the reigning champions leaving Liverpool in pole position going into the final game of the season.