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Klopp's Reaction: Breaking records, Trent Alexander-Arnold & Anfield win | Liverpool vs West Ham

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Jürgen, could you sum up the game? I only did it 12 times so far tonight(!) I liked the start of the game Good goal, kind of cheeky, a bit quicker in mind – everybody expected the ball was out and then Trent changed the situation

Yes, everybody will speak about it: probably Fabianski saved balls like this in his career, I’m pretty sure But the story of the game was a little bit, from that moment on, West Ham knew always there were one or two proper ways to stay in the game That was second balls and set-pieces Both were not good from us tonight Second-ball game was not good

Losing the first ball is possible, because Antonio, Haller, whoever is there is just too good and you cannot win all the balls But then the second ball, we have to pick up better The formation was not good, we showed the boys at half-time, it just makes no sense there And the set-pieces obviously; they were really good from them, we were not that clear in these situations and that’s how they scored the goal So they got a little bit of momentum, or maybe they got the momentum

We were still in charge, had the ball, we had finishes – unfortunately, not all of them on target, but we had finishes, so goal-kick and again second ball, fighting for these balls It’s difficult to reach the boys in these moments, to be honest, to change it So that was the first half We tried to change in half-time then, give different information We showed them two very good football situations where we were in and around the box and did exactly what we have to do

It’s like playing easy, simple, quick Change position, come between the lines, pass there and go in behind We had these moments, but then they scored the second goal, which I didn’t see back I don’t know exactly how it happened One free player at least in the box doesn’t help

First half, it was a bit patient Second half, we conceded a second goal and we were now forced to be patient, but really increased the pressure, now we were there The crowd was really helpful, we had a lot of set-pieces, Ox came on, we changed the set-pieces slightly, we had these crosses The crosses were a bit too hard from time to time, it’s easy to say but much more difficult to change I really thought the positioning was brilliant but in the end the crosses looked like shots

But we scored the two goals Our third goal was really good, you have to react on balls like this, a deflected ball Our second goal was really good play, but of course unlucky for West Ham in the way it went in The best goal we scored was the disallowed one, I liked it a lot, it was exactly the way we wanted to play Then at the end they have the big chance where Robbo obviously thought it was offside

They had a chance and a sensational save of Ali So, we brought it over the line It was difficult, we knew that before West Ham were much better than they were against us in the first game, much better than the last game against City Tonight they were really there

I’m not here for that, but I really think David [Moyes] can take something from here as well That looked like a proper threat tonight and that will be difficult for other teams as well if they can bring that again on the pitch It felt like Oxlade-Chamberlain made a big difference, not just for your team but with the crowd as well, he seemed to feed off that when he came on Yes, we needed that direction Ox came on and the first [contribution] was a finish

Close, but still a finish Next one was dribbling with a foul or not, if it was not a foul then probably we have the ball in a good position again

So, the dynamic helped, of course Always, if you get direction in a game, our people appreciate that obviously That helped Jürgen, there will be attention on Trent, getting two more assists tonight, but he seemed to want to take a lot of responsibility for driving the whole team back into the game It's not just about his assists, it's what he brings to the team

Yeah, but I think we're past the moment where we treat him like a young boy He's a proper member of the squad, and everybody has to contribute, everybody has to bring on the pitch what he is able to do – and the boys do a lot to bring him or Robbo in the position and save them there I don’t want to make the performance more than it is, I am completely happy with it, but that’s how football works on the highest level [There were] super moments of Gini, for example, where he just wins that decisive battle, Sadio really [good], Bobby chasing back and wins the ball Thank God in our stadium [it is like] nearly scoring a goal, the celebration after Bobby wins a really important ball back

So, all of these pieces, put them together and in the end, we have a lot of time [for] a full-back in a position where he can cross, score and we can try to score a goal I actually thought we could have crossed better because I know the boys could have crossed better The balls were slightly too hard, maybe it was the wind or not, I don’t know We were in good positions, but the balls were then too hard and it was difficult Set-pieces, free-kicks looked like good curve, everything there, but we were not ready, so something had to be wrong

As I said, it was not a perfect game but still a lot of good performances and that helps obviously You've got 109 points from the last 111 available, you need 12 to win the title now Will the last 12 that you need to do it be the hardest to get? The next three are always the hardest, it was always like this We never saw it differently, it would be strange if we now said the next 12 would be so difficult to achieve They are difficult, you saw it tonight

If we would have lost tonight, everybody would have said, "Two [defeats] in a row, under pressure at Watford" – we are still under pressure at Watford because they are just good, they are really good I saw their game against United, they could have scored the first one with Troy Deeney and then they had really good moments They played really well here and they will fight for everything, because now in this moment everybody is fighting for everything Could I have wished for a better position to go into these last 11 games? No, I would never have thought it was possible, but each one of them is really difficult and we respect that a lot We don’t expect one easy game, nobody wants to go through easily, we just have to be ready for work and for the hardest work

We were that tonight as a unit, together with the crowd again and I really love that fact, I couldn’t appreciate it more, it’s really special Jürgen, you've equalled the all-time record for consecutive wins in the top flight and also consecutive home wins It does show how remarkable this team is, even if you've not won the title yet, they've showed how incredible they are to equal records like that Yeah, true A couple of years ago, three or four, maybe in the beginning, I said we want to write our own stories, we want to create our own history

Obviously, the boys took really seriously what I said there and that’s all cool – but just not too important in the moment It’s so special, the numbers are incredible, so difficult We said it a couple of times, we spoke about wonderful games, brilliant games, we spoke about hard games, difficult games Tonight was difficult obviously, so the number of wins you can only have if you win all of these games: the difficult ones, the easy ones – if there ever was one – the brilliant ones and the rougher, more grumpy ones In the end, that’s what counts

We all know it’s very special, but in the moment we are really just in the situationand want to recover and prepare for the next one The next opponent is really waiting and wants to fight us, the whole stadium at Watford will go for us, that’s completely normal There will be a special atmosphere and we have to be 100 per cent ready I saw the boys tonight, they are ready to fight and as long as we are really ready to fight, nobody should worry, but we still have a lot of work to do

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