Klopp: Good moment for Liverpool to show up

Jurgen Klopp praises his side for a brave performance as it ends its slump in form with an impressive victory at Tottenham Hotspur.

Jurgen Klopp and Jose Mourinho embrace after the EPL contest on Thursday night. - AP

Jurgen Klopp praised his side for a brave performance as it ended its worrying slump in form with an impressive 3-1 victory at Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League on Thursday.

The champion had gone five league games without a win, the last four without scoring, but looked much more like its formidable selves as goals by Roberto Firmino, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Sadio Mane secured the points. Victory lifted Liverpool back into fourth place and while it is still four points behind leader Manchester City, Klopp said it was a reminder that it has not gone away.

“It was good. It was necessary as well, to be honest! It was a good moment to show up a little bit,” Klopp told reporters. “We are still here, so that’s good to know. Now we go home and then we come back in a few hours to play West Ham.”

Firmino’s goal in first-half stoppage time finally released the shackles for Klopp’s side which threatened every time it went forward in the second half. “I am completely happy about the performance and, yes, it’s about the boys. They put a proper shift in,” he said.

'Brave performance'

“It was a brave performance in a game against a counter-attacking monster, which they are and that makes it even more special. For tonight, it was really good.”

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Klopp was forced to field a makeshift central defensive partnership of Jordan Henderson and Joel Matip after Fabinho was ruled out with a muscle injury. Matip suffered an ankle injury during the win in north London and with Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez out long term, Klopp is running out of defensive options.

“We have players still. Not a lot, to be honest, in the defence line it is incredible what’s happening there, it’s really incredible,” Klopp said.

While Klopp’s defensive injuries remain a concern, at least Liverpool has got over its scoring drought, with Firmino’s goal its first in the league for 482 minutes. “We missed massive chances against Burnley, tonight we knocked a wall down – that’s good,” Klopp said.

“It is easier to lose (confidence) that’s how it is, but it is possible to get it back as well. It is not a light you can switch on and off. You have to show it in the right moment. We scored the goals in the right moments, the right people scored the goals, so all good apart from their goal.”

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