Jürgen Klopp on the “big” victory for Southampton, Alisson, Thiago and the first four hopes – fr

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Jürgen Klopp on the “big” victory for Southampton, Alisson, Thiago and the first four hopes – fr


                                Jürgen Klopp a déclaré que la victoire de Liverpool sur Southampton était «grande pour nous» après avoir remporté un succès 2-0 à Anfield samedi soir.
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                                                                <p>Sadio Mane a donné l'avantage aux Reds après 31 minutes de match quand il a dirigé le centre de Mohamed Salah au second poteau.

Points were then sealed at the start of added time in the second half as Thiago Alcantara shot in his first goal for the club.

Jürgen Klopp’s men are now six points behind Leicester City’s fourth place in the Premier League table and have a game in hand.

Read on for a full transcript of the boss’s post-match press conference …

On the importance of the result and his confidence in being in the top four now …

It was obviously a big deal for us tonight, we really needed it. It was also difficult. It’s always like that against Southampton, I don’t remember a match against Southampton where it was rather comfortable. Years ago we played a cup game where we won with six but that was before Ralph. They obviously have a very intense style and they ask for everything. We did a very good job and I’m happy with that, we scored the goals. Obviously being 1-0 is not, for us, at the moment, the outcome where we all feel halfway through – which is good because we shouldn’t, but we obviously now have twice in a row. a similar situation. So scoring that second goal was obviously a big relief. What does this mean for our top four prospects? That they are still alive. That’s all, nothing else. It has nothing to do with trust or anything. Our situation has changed slightly but only for us, for the other teams not too much because they are always in a better position and we know that. The only thing we can do is [keep] winning our games but it’s really hard because we’re playing Manchester United on Thursday and it’s historically not easy – but we’ll try.

About Thiago …

He played really well. Not the first time obviously, but he played very well. He looked really good in just about every department, helped us a lot with his passing game, played the best passes, to be honest, was defensively in that. This is all really good and really important. But we all had to work hard. So he had a lot of good situations, but the most important thing was when he finished, when he scored that goal. I’m really happy for him.

On the point of knowing if the results are more important than the performances at this stage of the season…

Certainly, but generally the result is the result of the performance. It wasn’t the best game we’ve ever played since I’ve been at Liverpool, but it was a game we had to play tonight. I have said it many times, we are not in dreamland and say everything has to start over. Again we didn’t use the first chances, we had a great time, we had a high level, high level counterattack situation, when the last pass just wasn’t there – it can obviously happen. In other times it’s not that important [but] for us at the time they hurt. But we scored the first, it’s very important. When we conceded the equalizer in the last few matches, we scored the second and that’s the big difference. Yes, the result is the most important.

On Alisson Becker’s screen …

Great game, with two exciting little things when he passed the ball to Che Adams! But other than that, a great game. Obviously, we’re all expecting the next baby Becker together. It’s like, ‘OK, still not, no, still not.’ Obviously, the future father of three has done a very good job. We knew before, obviously he was good and tonight he showed it again.

At Manchester United, their team could potentially turn this week due to their fixture list …

We have to do it a lot of times and people never like it because it’s always like that. We have cup competitions and we have games and games and games, so we shoot and people always think that we don’t respect the competition. I think everyone is 100% sure that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer respects the Premier League 100%, but the situation is now the same – and I really think it’s crazy what we did with that. I know there weren’t any proper solutions, but I think there could be a better situation than that I’m pretty sure. I’m not, is it possible that United have a weekend after that or something like that? So three games in five days, but then a weekend off, so it looks like there could have been a window where we could have done something a little different. But it’s a decision and I understand he doesn’t like it, definitely. We will see what we think about it. We have a tough schedule ourselves because of this because we are now playing the last four games in a very short period of time. It’s like that and we’ll see what we can do.

On whether Liverpool need the most points from their remaining matches and “keep their fingers crossed” …

Are we crossing our fingers? I don’t know if this helps! We have to win football matches – and if we win all four, that might be enough. I haven’t really thought about it to be honest, but winning four games is about the only chance we have, so that’s what we should try. It will be difficult but we will try anyway.

On whether Liverpool could be affected by Manchester United’s squad selections next week …

No, I haven’t thought about it yet. I think we would have played the best United team possible on the original date, so that’s what we expect. Nothing else. If Man United are doing it like this, we can’t change that. I think Man United only have good players. If I think of the players they could play, they have a really strong side available – pretty good. Middle, wow. Up front, all the good players. They may be young, but they are good. I expect a strong squad against us – and what they do in other games, obviously we have no influence, but like I said we would have played Manchester United’s best team on Sunday last and that’s what we expect now.

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