Following up on claiming his first win as Liverpool manager with a narrow victory over AFC Bournemouth on Wednesday, still wet behind the ears Reds boss Jurgen Klopp laid down a marker on his first trip to Stamford Bridge as his side came from a goal behind to claim all three-points against a still struggling Chelsea.
“We didn’t have the best start in the game. We needed a few minutes to come into it and Chelsea made their goal – one of those strange situations where there were four against two in the corner and they made the cross,” explained the German manager following the final whistle. “They made their goal but we stood in the game. We had our moments, we played football and our build-up with short passes – what we want to do – was very good,” he continued, full of praise for his side. “They tried to make high pressure but we could play in the spaces between. So we could change the situation a little bit and I think in the first half we deserved it.”
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Ramires opened the scoring with a bullet header past Liverpool ‘keeper Simon Mignolet in the initial exchanges, but Philippe Coutinho bagged a goal with either foot on either side of the break before Christian Benteke came off the bench to put the result out of reach. Liverpool, galvanized under Klopp, were better than the Blues were bad with a rediscovered self belief and a high octane pressing game playing counter-point to that little bit of luck that makes wins like this one possible.
“In the second half it was an open game, we got a little bit more of the game and made our goals in two perfect moments for us. Shoot at the right moment, don’t shoot at the wrong moment, take the ball to a better situation and then shoot,” said Klopp, obiviously tipping his hat to Coutinho’s well taken brace and Benteke’s composed effort to seal the deal. “A little bit of luck, of course, but I feel it was deserved,” added the 48-year old, before expanding further. “At the end, we had to work hard but that’s normal if you want to win at Chelsea. We had to work hard and that’s what we did.”