JLord Klopp knew what people would say. But he did not care. Just Liverpool had defeated FC Arsenal on penalties in the round of 16 of the English League Cup, after it was 5: 5 at the end of regular time. Both coaches did not serve their first guard in the unimportant game. "I do not know when I last had so much fun playing soccer," said Klopp in the face of the ten-goal Gaudi: "As a coach, I should probably be thinking or worrying about the goals we conceded. But that could not interest me less tonight. "
In this particular case, the five goals conceded were no reason to overly quarrel with the defense. But overall, there is a trend ahead of the Premier League leaders against Manchester City this Sunday (17:30 at Sky), a trend Klopp can not just wipe out: over the past eight competitive matches, the club have always conceded at least one goal , That was even better at Liverpool.
The fact that it is now the duel with the champion, who strives to shorten the gap of six points to Liverpool as part of his mission title defense, is at least unfavorable from Klopp's point of view. Especially since coached by Pep Guardiola ManCity brings with 34 goals in eleven games by far the most dangerous attack series in the league. But after all, Klopp can rely on the mental strength of his team, which he lives since his inauguration four years ago. B
especially in recent weeks was the ability – sometimes fortune – to decide standing games in the last few minutes for themselves. Against Aston Villa fell the goals in a 2-1 victory in the past Premier League match day in 87 minutes and 94. In the Gaudi against Arsenal saved Divock Origi Liverpool in the 94th minute on penalties. The equalizer in the 1-1 draw against Manchester United fell after 85 minutes of play. James Milner secured a 2-1 win against Leicester City with a penalty kick in the fifth minute of stoppage time.
In fact, this is a Liverpool specialty. Since the introduction of the Premier League as the highest English league in the early 1990s, Liverpool have scored 35 wins in or after the 90th minute, ten more than second-placed FC Arsenal, according to the BBC. In the context, it is also reminiscent of the return leg in the Champions League semi-final of the preseason when Liverpool beat FC Barcelona a 0-3 defeat from the first leg with a sensational 4-0 victory in front of home crowd.
In fact, Klopp has made the home stadium again a fortress. Last time Liverpool lost a league home match in April 2017. And by winning the Champions League at the latest, the Reds have learned to believe in their strength and turn that belief into goals and victories. Liverpool is not full, but hungrier than ever – working together to win the first championship in 30 years.