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Klopp says key Liverpool trait was best he’s seen ‘for a long time’; Alexander-Arnold, Gomez jibe

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp refused to go in-depth with his analysis of the Reds’ win over Watford, instead lauding his side’s “desire” and “maturity”.

Liverpool were not at their best upon their return from the final international break of the domestic season. They had several stars returning from long trips, including Brazilian stars Alisson Becker and Fabinho.

The Reds subsequently failed to create too many clear-cut chances at Anfield.

Nevertheless, Watford did excellently to keep Liverpool at bay. Their stoic defending throughout more than played its part.

But for Klopp at this stage in the season, it is all about the result. And the Reds moved two points clear at the top of the Premier League ahead of Manchester City’s trip to Burnley.

Klopp told BT Sport: “I said to the boys, everyone wants to analyse the game. I will not deliver that, I am not interested today because we had to get through this.

“All the teams are in the same situation, obviously, but when you have to dominate a game it’s slightly more difficult.

“Big compliments to Watford, especially Roy [Hodgson] who when we bring him back when he is 80 he will set up and organise a team in a really good way.

“They defended the spaces really well. We definitely could have done better, but it’s not too interesting today. We needed maturity and desire.”

Klopp also labelled his side’s counter-pressing as the “best I saw for long time”.

However, he admitted that Liverpool could have been “slightly more creative” as they toiled in the final third to kill Watford off.

Diogo Jota got Liverpool’s first goal after 22 minutes. The hosts had countless chances to increase their advantage before the second goal eventually came after 89 minutes.

Klopp lauds Joe Gomez influence

Jota was involved again as he was brought down in the penalty area by Juraj Kucka. Fabinho subsequently stepped up and finished past Ben Foster.

For the first, it was right-back Joe Gomez’s cross which got Jota in.

Gomez was standing in for Trent Alexander-Arnold, who has 17 assists this season but could only make the bench after recovering from a hamstring injury.

Klopp said of the goal:…


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