"Like a Ferrari in the garage": Klopp rejoices at the bench players, and prays for help from Gerard
The Liverpool coach gambled with nine changes in the squad against Southampton and saw his players come back from behind and win 1: 2.
Now he and his players are holding fingers to Aston Villa and the mythical captain against Manchester City in the final round, but know: "The chance exists, but not high"
Wednesday, May 18, 2022, 06:45
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Summary: Southampton - Liverpool 2: 1 (Sport 1)
Satisfaction at Liverpool after the Mighty Reds defeated Southampton 1: 2 away last night (Tuesday) and left themselves a real chance to win the English Championship in the final round to be held this coming Sunday.
Jürgen Klopp's side came up with a very lackluster squad (no less than nine changes from the last game) due to injuries and exhaustion of its stars, and despite falling 1-0 behind in the 13th minute when Nathan Redmond's kick hit James Milner and went inside - managed to turn and win from goals from Takumi Minamino (27) and Joel Matip (67).
Thanks to the hard and important victory the gap dropped from Manchester City which expired to just a point, and although Liverpool did not depend on themselves when it came to winning the championship, they managed to transfer all the pressure to the Citizens losing their points against Aston Villa along with Klopp's win over Wolves and the title goes to Anfield.
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said at the end: "It was a wonderful performance of ours, with a lot of pace. We showed a lot of character when we came back from a 1-0 deficit to win. It was a very high level game with a great performance after making nine changes. Of course winning a championship seems unlikely. "The fact that City will play in the final round at home against Aston Villa - who only played last Thursday. We will have a hard time against Burnley, who are fighting for survival in the league - but it's football. It's possible we will win - unlikely, but it's possible. And that's enough."
Klopp was delighted with his bench players and described them as "Ferrari cars waiting in the garage".
"Players who did not play for weeks if not months, delivered the goods tonight like crazy. The fact that Minamino no longer plays is a crime. Harvey Elliott was unbelievable. Curtis Jones played as a mature and mature player. And after Oxlade-Chamberlain did not play, I I just hate myself, "he explained.
According to Klopp, "I have never coached such a healthy and cohesive team. You look at the locker room, and everyone is happy for each other. It's an extraordinary bunch of players."
: "The goal is to go all the way. We knew it was going to be a tough game, we were on a missing squad but the players who got the chance took it and were just wonderful."
On the chance for the championship: "It's very difficult. City just do not lose points. We will concentrate on what we have to do and hope that Aston Villa (rival Manchester
Setter City in the first) will do us a favor.
I hope Stevie G can help us a little bit. "
Veteran James Milner
said at the end: "We played great today. The players who played today may not have got many minutes during the season, but you have to see them train - they are at a very high level. This is a special bunch and a special club."
On the graduation cycle: "We will fight to the end and do everything we can to go as far as we can."
Trying to put Manchester City to sleep?
Klopp celebrates with Curtis Jones at the end of the win over Southampton (Photo: GettyImages, Clive Rose)
* Liverpool remain the only team in the Premier League not to lose a league game in 2022 (15 wins and 3 draws).
* Liverpool last night completed a ninth victory out of ten games over Southampton, with at least two goals in each of those victories.
* James Milner and Harvey Elliott started side by side with Liverpool for the first time ever.
Milner made his Premier League debut in November 2002, 145 days before Elliott was born!
* James Milner created five valley situations for Liverpool in the first half.
In doing so he became the oldest player to do so (at 36 and 133 days) since Paul Scholes in 2012 at 37 and 144 days.
* Joel Matip came out with the win in all the Premier League games in which he scored (8).