Klopp: Many thought we would lose but never underestimate 'character of the boys'
- Jurgen Klopp believes a lot of people might have thought the Reds would lose the game against Crystal Palace after the poor first half.
- The German stresses Liverpool managed to overcome the situation because of the work rate and uncrushable fighting spirit of the lads, who fully deserved the win.
Liverpool struggled in the first half of the game against Crystal Palace at Anfield. The Reds went to the dressing room being 1 goal down, however, things changed dramatically after the break. In a matter of 8 minutes, Jurgen Klopp's men turned the flow of the clash around and earned a lead. The Merseyside outfit went on to claim an emphatic 4-3 victory and Jurgen Klopp is totally happy with the lads:
"Nobody should be surprised about the character of the boys. If something was really here before I came in it was character. I have known the boys since October 2015, all the boys that were here, and they have outstanding character. The work-rate was always unbelievable and all that stuff, so you have to mix it up with a few other attributes.
"Confidence is important, self-belief and all that stuff. The boys are ready to fight for all, that’s clear. It’s not the first moment in the season where we had to do it, but today it was pretty special and I really liked it. I think it was not too easy for the crowd to get the first half – so what do you do with that?
Fair play to 104 year old Bernie Sheridan for surviving all those years watching games like that!!! We had the character to fight back in win, or hung on after a massive scare? Either way I need a quiet lie down. UP THE REDS!!! #LIVCRY #LIVCRY #Liverpool pic.twitter.com/WpELKb1ebo— Andy Daley (@AndyDaley) January 19, 2019
"It’s all OK on the one-hand side, but on the other, you are 1-0 down. I am pretty sure a lot of people thought that it’s not only difficult today, but probably the day where we lose it. We were not like this. I told the boys, most importantly we have to stay positive and it’s now allowed to lose the nerves – there was no reason for it, nothing happened and we had to improve a few things and do a few things again and again.
"Yes, of course, we had to protect especially the left wing extremely well, we needed to be there, we needed to win the ball back there as well. The boys did it, you always need a bit of luck in football but it was not too much necessary. The boys deserve these three points in a very difficult game."