Jurgen Klopp praised Liverpool’s resilience after a nervy 2-0 win over bottom side Watford at Anfield.
Mohamed Salah scored a brace to give the Reds the win, but the visitors had plenty of chances to take something from the game. Klopp though, was pleased his side came through the test.
Klopp explained: “The most important thing at this stage of the season is to show resilience. That is what we showed.
“We have many more games than our opponent, who had a new set-up, Nigel Pearson, in the short time he’s had with the Watford squad, did an exceptional job. This game was the next step for them.”
The Liverpool boss was quick to admit his side weren’t at their best, but named his goalkeeper Alisson for praise to get the Reds over the line.
Klopp added: “They had their chances but we had Alisson. We scored our goals but apart from that we had to fight. Could the game have been easier for us? Of course, if we had kept the ball smarter and moved it around a little bit.
“The boys are not tired but it is intense to always be in control of games, so I get that, we have to defend some moments with passion rather than organisation because that was not always perfect. But we did that. When we didn’t Alisson was there, that is why we have 11 players.”
Next up for Klopp’s side is Aston Villa in the Carabao Cup quarter final on Tuesday, and a trip to Qatar for the Club World Cup just a day later. Georginio Wijnaldum was substituted early in the match with an injury and the German mentioned his side’s fixture pile-up as well.
The 52-year-old said: “Each game we lose a player, that’s not too cool. That is our main problem. We have no problems with the fixtures, they are how they are, but losing players with this situation is not cool. We have to deal with it, make it doesn’t make life easier.”
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