Jurgen Klopp demands more from Liverpool’s attack despite 2-0 win at Crystal Palace

20 August 2018

Jurgen Klopp was happy with the result as Liverpool sealed a 2-0 win over Crystal Palace, but remained critical of his side’s all-round offensive efforts.


The Reds fought hard for the three points at Selhurst Park, with their quality ultimately shining through as James Milner and Sadio Mane scored to secure the victory.

As should be expected, their display was not as fluid as in the 4-0 thrashing of West Ham on the opening weekend.

But on the road, at a notoriously difficult ground in Selhurst Park, the result was all that mattered for Liverpool.

However, speaking to reporters after the game, Klopp insisted his players could have offered more going forward—particularly Andy Robertson and Trent Alexander-Arnold.

“Defensively it was absolutely OK. I was not too happy with our offensive play,” he said.

“The rhythm was not good, timing was not good, both full-backs need to be involved much more—open up their game a little bit so we really have different options.

“I don’t want them to be our No. 10s, but they [should be] an option. So that was not too cool.

“But then we had, around the goal, I think three or four situations: good passes in small spaces, around the box, in the box, a bit unlucky and then there was the penalty situation.”

Mohamed Salah continued his quiet but effective start to the season as he registered two assists in an otherwise uneventful performance from the Egyptian.

Most of the praise after the game was reserved for Klopp’s defensive line, and Alisson, Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez in particular, but the manager was content with his No. 11’s input.

“I have nothing to say about individual performances. Mo Salah can play much better, that’s 100 percent,” he explained.

“But he was really involved in both goals—decisively involved, so that’s two assists kind of, so I am completely fine with that and it’s all good.

“We have to play as a team. We can play as a team much better and that means immediately he is involved in that and that is all good. 2-0, all cool.”

LONDON, ENGLAND - Monday, August 20, 2018: Liverpool's James Milner celebrates scoring the first goal from a penalty kick with team-mate Roberto Firmino (centre) and Naby Keita (right) during the FA Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Liverpool FC at Selhurst Park. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Liverpool’s opening two games showed two different sides to their approach: flourishing at Anfield against the Hammers and grinding out a win on the road against Palace.

Klopp added later in his press conference that his side took “a big step” in ‘winning ugly’ on Monday.

And if they can improve in terms of fluency in these situations this will be even more so.

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