Klopp ‘proud’ after ‘massive performance’ at Aston Villa as Liverpool put pressure on City

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has hailed his side after they put in a “massive performance” to pick up a crucial win at Aston Villa.

After dropping points against Tottenham on Saturday, the Reds needed to bounce back with a win against Steven Gerrard’s side.

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And bounce back they did. Joel Matip ruled out Douglas Luiz’s early goal before Sadio Mane headed in the winner after 65 minutes.

Klopp has heaped praise on his side for putting in a “massive performance” at this stage of the season.

“I don’t think it is possible to win easy,” he told BBC Sport. “They are a high-quality side. All the things they did put us under pressure.

“We have our situation and if you want to win an away game you have to open up spaces. They did really well and we needed time to get in the game and before we got in the game it was 1-1.

“I could not be more proud. It was a massive performance in the middle of May.”

Joel Matip celebrates his goal Credit: PA Images
Joel Matip celebrates his goal Credit: PA Images

Speaking to Sky Sports, the Reds boss added: “It was a massive result and a massive performance. After the games we have played and not a good start, we needed time to adapt, but made a very good response to going 1-0 down.

“We cannot do more than winning. I am pretty sure that a lot of people again thought this could be a struggle for us and how the boys sorted that is absolutely outstanding.

“Next we have the cup final on Saturday, and we will be ready.”

On Mane’s winning goal, Klopp added: “The whole situation was class. It was top class. Luis crossing in a moment when nobody expected it apart from Sadio.

“We did not have time to train and work on it and I am happy in this moment he pretended to shoot and crossed. It is difficult for the goalie and all of a sudden he puts his head there and it is nice and soft but it was a goal.”

The German continued: “He [Mane] is a machine, I told him after the game. He is a massive player. His physicality is brutal. He is a mix of technique, desire and physicality when at the moment everyone has a few yards in the legs. You can see it with him to be honest. Top goal. He is just a fantastic world-class player.”

Klopp was frustrated that Villa’s goal was allowed to stand after the hosts were allowed to play on despite Ollie Watkins being clearly offside in the build-up for the goal.

However, VAR did not intervene as the offside decision, or lack of, was too long before Luiz opened the scoring.

Klopp discussed the incident, making sure to note that he will still complain about poor decisions even when his side win.

He said: “If you think I only speak about these things when we lose, this is a problem which needs solving. It was an obvious offside situation but was just played on and we were under pressure at that moment.

“VAR today was not important (in the final outcome), but in general we could really think about how we could solve that.”

After a difficult opening 27 minutes, Fabinho was replaced by Jordan Henderson after the Brazilian midfielder went down injured.

Liverpool – who are still chasing an unprecedented quadruple – take on Chelsea in the FA Cup final on Saturday, and Klopp provided a positive injury update ahead of the clash at Wembley.

“I think he will [be OK] but I do not know. We have to have a further assessment.

“He felt something, which is a big blow for us. Hopefully it is not that bad, but we don’t know.”

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