In the build-up to their trip to Anfield yesterday, Sunderland boss David Moyes said his side would have to park a “double-decker bus” to have any chance of keeping their hosts at bay — well, they were only 15-minutes way from resigning the Reds to their second scoreless draw on the hop until Divock Origi got the stupid thing towed by curling in a spectacular effort before Reds vice-captain James Milner added another from the spot after Sadio Mane was clattered in the box.
“No, I didn’t think for a second in this game today about Southampton,” said Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp, waving away comparisons to last weekend’s stalemate with the Saints. “Today was much more defensive. I’m not sure I’ve ever played against a more defensive team than today,” continued the German manager. “Man-marking against Phil Coutinho, [Victor] Anichebe left full-back, don’t know how many touches [Jermain] Defoe had, so that [comparing the games] would not be nice to Southampton.”
Video courtesy of BeanymanSports
A first half injury to Liverpool talisman Philippe Coutinho put a major damper on affairs and though the Reds continued to dominate throughout, the noise levels dipped considerably as the hosts were frustrated time and again in their search for the breakthrough — something prompted Klopp in to action.
“We all need to learn to handle a situation like this, we have the football solution and we work on it and that’s what we try to do all the time, but then of course I believe in atmosphere,” explained the Reds boss when asked about his fiery reaction to some groans from the stands. “I think it’s a big, big part of the game, part of the joy. The crowd was really, really, really good in the first half and in the second half it was like ‘come on, now we’ve waited long enough’,” said the Reds boss. “Atmosphere’s more than a detail, but it makes everything easier. That’s why I tried to remind the crowd, and they reacted more than brilliantly,” he added with a contented smile. “After that it was easier for everyone to enjoy the challenge today.”