Klopp enjoyed win against West Ham but not the performance

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp enjoyed the 2 nil result away to West Ham on Wednesday but not the performance as they moved 19 points clear at the top of the Premier League table. A first-half penalty by Mohammed Salah and a second-half strike by Oxlade-Chamberlain were enough to seal all three points for the Reds in their quest for the Premier League title. They were not at their best but still ground out a needed win.

“It was not a brilliant performance. I wish we’d done better, but I’ll take it like it is,” said Klopp.

“If it was easy to win this amount of games a lot of other teams would have done it. It was a tough game. We’ve played some super games, this was just a game.”

The result of the game which was rescheduled in December meant that Liverpool have now beaten all the teams in the Premier League this season. However, statistics and records do not matter to Klopp who added:

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“I don’t feel anything like that. I wanted to win the game but nobody was thinking it was 18 teams, let’s make it 19.

“When you jump in the water you don’t breathe for 38 games then you come up and look around. That’s how we see it.”

The Hammers were able to keep the Reds at bay till 10 minutes to half-time when Issa Diop bundled over Divock Origi. The incident was looked into by VAR and a penalty was awarded although the ball appeared to brush the Roberto Firmino’s hand in the build-up.

Manuel Lanzini missed a golden chance to equalize after the penalty was converted by Salah. Subsequently, a mix up between Mark Noble and Arthur Masuaku allowed Salah to steal the ball away and pass to Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain who finished emphatically to make it 2 nil. Hammers manager David Moyes spoke after the game saying:

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“I thought the players did a good job defensively.

“We were playing against a really good team and we made opportunities and created chances against a tough team so overall I’m pleased.

“They’re as good as there’s been around. It’s very difficult when you’ve been manager of Everton and Manchester United to say that but Liverpool are an excellent side.”

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