Sunday 17 December 2017

Jurgen Klopp has his say on Moreno's open goal miss against West Brom

Liverpool's Alberto Moreno (right) shoots from distance towards the end of the game. Photo credit: Adam Davy/PA Wire
Liverpool's Alberto Moreno (right) shoots from distance towards the end of the game. Photo credit: Adam Davy/PA Wire

Nick Mashiter

Boss Jurgen Klopp praised Liverpool's performance and admitted he was relieved to escape West Brom with victory.

Roberto Firmino's winner lifted them to third in the race for Champions League qualification after a 1-0 triumph on Sunday.

Liverpool leapfrogged Manchester City in the Premier League after they extended their unbeaten run to seven games.

It was also Liverpool's first away win against a Tony Pulis side in eight attempts and Klopp was delighted to leave The Hawthorns with the points.

He said: "It's one of the most difficult places to go because you can't feel comfortable in one moment of the game.

"Somebody asked which scoreline would have kept me a little calmer in the last few minutes, and I said: 'Only 4-0 after 86 minutes'.

"I don't think we made crazy things (celebrations). But we are very happy, three points today, so 66, that's a wonderful number for the next six or seven days.

"And then we want to move onto 69. I really thought that the boys, in a really difficult game, did really well.

"You can always do better but we learned already in the game. I liked it a lot that in the second half we looked better tuned than the first half.

"We knew what to do but in the first half we looked a little bit static. In the second half it looked much better, so I'm really happy about the performance."

Firmino won it seconds before the break when he headed in after Lucas flicked on James Milner's free-kick.

Alberto Moreno could have made it more comfortable in injury time but missed an open goal from 40 yards when goalkeeper Ben Foster had joined the Baggies' attack.

Klopp said: "I talked to him after the game about everyone thinking that he could have played in Daniel Sturridge, but I'm not sure that he knew that he could, because he would have been offside.

"But maybe there was another option which I didn't really know. But it's completely normal in a situation like this, where you think you have to do it."

But West Brom boss Tony Pulis, who has now seen his side fail to score in their last four games, was unhappy with Foster.

He added: "I've had a chat with him. I don't like keepers going up for corners personally but I've never said it to Ben so he didn't know - he does now."

Press Association

Promoted Links

Sport Newsletter

The best sport action straight to your inbox every morning.

Promoted Links

Editor's Choice

Also in Sport