Liverpool manager, Jurgen Klopp, told his players that winning was more important than playing well after his side moved back top of the table in dramatic fashion with a 2-1 win over Tottenham spur at Anfield on Sunday
Liverpool needed an own goal from Toby Alderweireld a minute from time moved Liverpool two points ahead of title rivals Manchester City to seal all three points and remain top of the English Premier League table.
Klopp’s men still need City to slip up in their remaining seven games as the champions have a game in hand.
Mo Salah revealed the discussion he had with Klopp “I went to the dressing room and I spoke to the manager. He said that it isn’t about playing good but the most important thing is to find a way of winning points.
“I told the boys after the game there are 500,000 ways probably to win a football game. Today it was rather ugly, but without a bit of luck you cannot be in the position we are,”.
“If we are top of the table after the last matchday it would be a championship of will.” Liverpool’s hopes of ending a 29-year wait to win the title looked set to be dealt a massive blow as Lucas Moura’s strike 20 minutes from time cancelled out Roberto Firmino’s early opener” said Klopp.
Jurgen Klopp spoke to Sky Sports: The crowd was outstanding, incredible atmosphere. They were really here to push us and at the end it helped.
“It’s a big change, a big improvement. We have to get used to the situation, it’s all good. It is only positive. I said to the lads there are 500 ways to win a football game and today was slightly ugly. Who cares in the end? Who cares? That’s the situation.
“I was not happy that we concede a goal but maybe we needed it. First half we had chances but second half we could not relax, a little bit too late here. They changed from five to four, and we tried to changed the system as well.”
“Overall I think we were better than Liverpool,” said Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino. “It is difficult to explain, but at the same time I am proud of the performance.”
The Argentine wants to set that record right at the opening night of the club’s new 62,000 capacity stadium against Crystal Palace on Wednesday.
Tottenham are currently in serious danger of slamming out of the main four as they stay level on focuses with Manchester United and could be usurped by north London rivals Arsenal into third should the Gunners beat Newcastle on Monday.