Liverpool haven’t been much to talk about defensively this season, but they did fantastically well to nullify the significant attacking threat posed by surprise package Leicester City at Anfield yesterday and are the first team to keep the Foxes off the score-sheet in the Premier League this season.
“It was deserved, I think. We made a game which we should make in these circumstances, against this opponent, with the wind and the pressing of the opponent, and all these things,” said Reds boss Jurgen Klopp in his post-match interview. “We played too complicated in Watford last week, we played how we in Germany say ‘in their cards’ – how they wanted us to play. Today we did much better,” explained the Liverpool manager. “At half-time, we knew if we stayed concentrated we would get our chances because the players looked good and it was not too intensive for us in the first half, so we could do more in the second half.”
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Despite their dominance, the hosts made a hard go of things with numerous chances falling by the wayside, but a bit of class from Roberto Firmino and Christian Benteke, who replaced compatriot Divock Origi in the closing stages of the first half after the youngster pulled up with a hamstring problem, secured the points for the Anfield outfit just past the hour mark when the Belgian steered home a well worked cut-back from his Brazilian team-mate.
“He did really well in the last week in training but for today, we decided on this starting line-up because of the things you saw from Divock in the first half an hour,” explained Klopp when asked about Benteke coming off the bench. “We needed his speed today. Christian is a fast player, but Divock is a little bit more a player for these runs, these ways and what we needed behind the last line of the opponent. He did really well for us, so that was the decision,” he continued. “Christian came in and it was not easy in the first 10 minutes, but in the second half it was much better – he fought really intensively and worked hard for the team. He made his goal,” he said, before adding, “I don’t know too many strikers who always get situations like this and he did perfectly in the situation. He had another chance close to the final whistle, but we have to see.”