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Klopp praises Liverpool performance in slender win over Fulham

Klopp praises Liverpool performance in slender win over Fulham

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp heaped praise on his side for putting up a fight to record a narrow 1-0 victory over a dogged Fulham last night.

Mohamed Salah’s 39th-minute penalty proved the difference between both sides, following good work from striking partner Darwin Nunez who earned the decisive spot-kick.

Despite taking the lead in the first half, the Reds had to grind out the result as Fulham fought back, but Marco Silva’s side will rue their missed chances for not leaving Anfield with a point.

Klopp acknowledged the effort put in by the hardworking Cottagers but was not impressed with his side’s profligacy in front of goal.

“This team [Fulham] is set up in a sensational way, really good,” Klopp said in his post-match press conference (via LiverpoolTV). “They caused us a lot of problems, but we could have scored more often.

“The penalty I liked a lot because it was a counter-pressing situation, Darwin is fully in the situation and gets the penalty for that. Mo [Salah] finished it off, which is good as well. 

“We then don’t close the game early, and we have to fight until the end – and we needed Alisson. The last situation I think was a sensational save, and he was really happy about the clean sheet more than anybody.”

Liverpool have now picked up five wins in a row for the first time this season, and Klopp expressed his delight at reaching the milestone.

“So, five wins in a row is super-difficult,” Klopp added. “If it was easy, everybody would do it – we would have done it earlier. It feels like ages ago that we did it – and probably it is. I like it, to be honest.”

Liverpool have turned a corner with the season drawing to a close and are on course to finish a troubled campaign strongly.

Victory over Fulham boosts their faint hopes of rallying to a top-four finish as they sit four points behind Manchester United, who have two games in hand.

Liverpool will welcome Brentford to Anfield this weekend, looking to continue their impressive form before visiting Leicester City next week.

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