Following an excellent start to the season, Liverpool endured a potentially disastrous run of form at the turn of the year, picking up just three points in their last five Premier League fixtures. Subsequently their title hopes took a big hit, while the defeat at Hull City last weekend also hurt their chances of a top four finish.
However the Reds bounced back in fantastic fashion to seal their first Premier League win in 2017 on Saturday, beating Mauricio Pochettino’s men at Anfield. A Sadio Mane brace in the first half secured the result, but they also created numerous other chances to put Spurs to the sword, which delighted Klopp after the game.
“Very – with both,” the German boss told his post-match press conference (via the club’s official website) of his happiness with the result and performance. “It can be different, you can win a game and you are not happy with the performance. Tonight I’m really happy with the performance, with a few specific things of the performance.
“First half, the offensive part of the game was really strong, really direct, really clear, really together. The second goal showed [it]. I don’t know how many players tried to finish [and] at the end Sadio could finish.
“Then in the second half, in a situation like our situation – of course, we knew that we had to show a reaction – you cannot expect the highest confidence. It’s more [that] you have to fight yourself [into] the game. It was very important that today we did both – we fought and we played.
“Then, the second half was another game and a different game. Tottenham changed formation a little bit already in the first half. [We had] to adapt to this a little, it’s difficult with three offensive players in the centre. But we really dealt well with it and were really concentrated, improved defensively in this game and learned from the game.
“That was really good and I think it was absolutely well deserved. The atmosphere [was] fantastic, you could really feel that everybody was waiting for a game like this again. So, for tonight everything is good.”
Liverpool have scored 54 goals and conceded 30 in their 25 Premier League fixtures this term, with a shot accuracy of 54%, as they sit fourth on 49 points, 11 behind leaders Chelsea.
Next up for them is an away clash at Leicester City in two weeks’ time, before taking on Arsenal at Anfield.