Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has come out in defence of his side, claiming that they " are not the Harlem Globetrotters" due to the need to deliver results and entertaining performances following a closely contested 1-0 win over Brighton in the Premier League on Saturday.
Mohamed Salah was the star of the show, scoring the only goal of the game via a penalty, which was his 17th strike of the season. The Reds dominated the game with 71 percent possession, but had only three shots on target, something which Klopp believes is not as important as getting all three points on board.
✅ Played 7— The Anfield Wrap (@TheAnfieldWrap) January 11, 2019
✅ Won 7
✅ 22 goals scored
✅ 3 goals conceded
✅ 4 points clear
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"When we started [the season] and we had results, people thought the difference between the City or Rome home game in the Champions League last year was too big. It's absolutely OK. We are not the Harlem Globetrotters, we have to deliver results. It's difficult enough. For that we need to perform. The performance was good. It was not the best performance of the season in a few parts," Klopp said post the game.
"But from a maturity point of view, I would say it was the most mature performance of the season. It's so important. On a good day, everybody can win a football games. On an average day, not a lot of football teams can win football games. On a bad day, pretty much only a few teams can win football games. Today was not a bad day, it was a difficult day for us," he added.
The win on the night ensured that Liverpool extended their lead over Manchester City at the top of the table to seven points, with the Cityzens having the opportunity to cut it back to four when they face Wolves on Monday.