Jurgen Klopp has insisted Liverpool are in a good way after their 3-2 win at the King Power against a resilient Leicester side on Saturday.
Speaking after the game, Klopp said that despite recent disappointments, Liverpool are in a good way with the football they play, and credits the atmosphere at Melwood as being a component of that.
Klopp: “We are in a good way. We play good football in general. We like to work together with each other.
“We have a fantastic atmosphere at Melwood, where we work together – there are a lot of people, 100-and-something people working there, and we all really want to be successful because we like the constellation and how it is there.
“We like the mood, we like all the people.”
Klopp: "I told the boys at half-time we are not the Harlem Globetrotters. We are here to get results."
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Although he said that Liverpool are in a good way, Klopp also knows that Liverpool still have issues to solve, mainly in defence, and he and the squad know that improvement is needed for future games.
Klopp: “Yes, we still have issues. Yes, we lose challenges. Yes, because of the defence discussions it doesn’t help a lot if you make a mistake in defence, but it still will happen with all different line-ups, we will concede goals in the future.
“A little bit too much today, maybe one for sure too much and one goal you can concede at Leicester. We could have defended better before they could cross around the second goal, that’s the 100 per cent truth.”
The win is Klopp’s first at the King Power, and sends Liverpool back into a relatively healthy league position. The manager knew that the pressure was on his side after a few negative results, but embraces the pressure managing Liverpool brings.
Klopp: “I know about pressure a lot, I actually had it all my life because of different reasons. Pressure when it is the right pressure, it always helps. When it is without sense then it doesn’t help, and I’m very good at ignoring it.
“But, you can imagine, we want to be successful. We know the quality we have makes us responsible for being successful. I know that. But I said before the game that we are not the Harlem Globetrotters, we don’t go out and try to play really good football, we are here for results and so we play for results.
“I loved how we fought for it. It could have been clearer but after a few games with no results, or not the right results, you have to fight back. That’s what we did and now we can build on this.”