Jurgen Klopp has revealed he has learnt a lot after fielding four attackers against Sheffield United. Liverpool emerged 2-1 winners on a tricky evening after going a goal down courtesy of a Sander Berge penalty. But Roberto Firmino and Diogo Jota scored to see three points head to Merseyside.
Liverpool may have emerged 2-1 winners over Sheffield United but Klopp is not 100 per cent convinced by his strike force.
The Reds had to come back from a goal down after Berge scored from the penalty spot – though the decision to award a spot-kick was not without controversy.
Regardless, the Premier League champions showed mettle to get back into the match after Firmino scored before the half-time whistle.
After the break, summer signing Jota scored the eventual winner on the hour mark.
It takes the Reds into second place in the league – behind Merseyside rivals Everton on goal difference alone.
Liverpool looked dangerous going forward against the Blades but Klopp was not totally happy with the balance.
The German manager utilised his full attacking force, with Mohamed Salah up front.
Behind him were goalscorers Jota and Firmino, as well as Sadio Mane – whose impact was vital to Liverpool’s comeback.
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The Senegal international’s effort in the first-half was saved by Aaron Ramsdale only for Firmino to tap in the rebound.
And it was the ex-Southampton star’s industrious work on the wing and a brilliant cross for Jota that saw the winner netted.
But Klopp picked out where his side went wrong – and also revealed the turning point.
“We were a bit too hectic at the start. We had four offensive players on the pitch but all offered the same option,” he told Sky Sports.
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“But I love half time. The second half started good and for 20 to 25 minutes we were really good. We could have scored more and then they came back.
“We had to dig deep but the boys did.
“It’s nice to win 2-0 or 3-0 every game but that only happens if, in games like this, we are ready to fight hard. On nights like this, you earn the right to win the others like that.
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“Really good partnership at the back, but they have a tough job to do. The penalty conceded was clear it was a challenge to win the ball.
“We are on the wrong end of another decision, but luckily we could sort that tonight, so maybe I should not talk too much about that.”
Liverpool do not have much time to rest as they face FC Midtjylland next in the Champions League on Tuesday.
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