Klopp hails Liverpools proper warriors in Premier League title battle

first_imgLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp branded his players as “proper warriors” after overcoming a difficult challenge from Crystal Palace to earn a 4-3 win on Saturday as the Premier League title battle intensifiesThe Reds’ title credentials were handed an unlikely test by Palace, who defeated Manchester City last month, over the weekend with the Eagles taking the lead at Anfield through Andros Townsend before James Tomkins cancelled out Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino’s goals to equalise for the visitors.But three goals very late into the game secured Liverpool a thrilling 4-3 win through goals from Sadio Mane and James Milner, with Max Meyer pegging one back for Palace.The victory enabled Liverpool to maintain their four-point cushion over City, who beat Huddersfield Town 3-0 on Sunday, and Klopp was thrilled with the fighting spirit his side displayed against Palace.“These boys are ready to do that, they are real fighters. It’s a bunch of proper warriors – I love that. They all stick their leg in or whatever,” Klopp told the club website.“If you would have seen Millie sitting in the dressing room, completely frustrated obviously because of the [red] card but both knees bleeding – where can you get that from on that fantastic pitch?“It was a really hard-fought victory. It’s so cool. It’s just nice then to see the faces of all the people [in the crowd]. You are close enough, you go there and see the happy faces. That’s cool.”Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedSolskjaer praises Harry Maguire after Man United’s 1-0 win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer singled out Harry Maguire for praise after helping Manchester United keep a clean sheet in their 1-0 win over Leicester City.But the German does anticipate more tests to come Liverpool’s way as the season goes on as the club chases a first league title since 1990.“That’s December. January is not that much,” added Klopp.“That’s not the problem; the boys could play from [the mind] now pretty much every second day. They are really in it.“We had to come through the centre-half situation and that somehow worked out; then the full-back situation worked out somehow so far. That’s intense. In midfield, Gini is not in so you cannot make the changes you want.“We need to make sure we are ready. If you remember the first game against Crystal Palace – wow, what a difficult game; Brighton at home, a very difficult game. We had these in the first part of the season as well.“The games will stay difficult, there’s no doubt about that. But the boys showed again they are ready to fight each battle, wherever we go. That’s good.”last_img

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