Monday 23 September 2019

'We were a bit lucky' - Jurgen Klopp gives his reaction to Liverpool's opener against Fulham

Liverpool's Xherdan Shaqiri hugs Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp
Liverpool's Xherdan Shaqiri hugs Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp conceded his side may have been "a bit lucky" to take a first half lead in their win against Fulham at Anfield, as a 41st minute incident swung the game away from the Londoners.

Fulham striker Aleksandar Mitrovic had a goal disallowed after a tight off-side call, before Liverpool broke quickly in a move that finished just 14 seconds lester with Mohamed Salah firing the home side ahead.

"Was it offside or not? I don't know," said Klopp, as he then contrasted the incident to a goal his side were denied by a refereeing mistake in a 1-1 draw at Arsenal last month.

"I don't want to compare it, but against Arsenal we scored a clearer goal which was not offside and didn't get it. At the end you cannot change it. The most important thing is then reacting quick in a situation like that, which was brilliant from our boys.

"On the other hand side, if you watch the situation back it was a very good routine of Fulham, I have to say. It's difficult to see for the ref but it's a clear foul on Robbo (Andy Robertson) because he is our second free man, our zonal guy to go there to avoid the cross, and he couldn't because I'm not sure which player of Fulham capped him.

"It was a good routine and in the end we were a bit lucky. By the way, maybe because of Robbo he is not 100 per cent offside, with his heel or whatever, and before that somebody holds him. It is like it is. We cannot change it, Fulham cannot change it. The reaction was brilliant."

Klopp admitted he was surprised by the defensive line-up selected by under-pressure Fulham boss Slavisa Jokanovic, as he suggested their lack of ambition was a factor in his side’s stuttering display.

"When we saw the line-up we were obviously a bit surprised - how could we prepare for that line up," he added. "It was the first time in the season I think that they played like this, with four or five centre-halves. It was clear then what would be their approach.

"So far, Fulham have always had a football-playing idea and today you saw it – after winning the second ball they were on their toes, they played football but with a lot of long build-up, a lot of long situations and Mitrovic did outstandingly well in these situations.

"So that was a bit tricky, but apart from that I thought the boys did really well. We created, we passed, we accelerated in the right moments. We had big chances early with Sadio, Shaq, Mo in the box where they blocked it in the last second, where the goalie could make a save. I don't know how exactly many chances there were today, it’s not too important."

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