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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp happy with hard-fought 1-0 victory over Brentford

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has praised his side’s Premier League win over Brentford today.

Mohamed Salah scored the only goal as the Merseyside club picked up a sixth consecutive win.

They had defeated Leeds United, Nottingham Forest, West Ham United, Tottenham Hotspur and Fulham in previous games. 

Their win has put them back in the top-four conversation with a handful of games left. They are in fifth with 62 points, one point behind Manchester United in fourth.

Klopp was happy to see his side grind out another victory as they have done over their last two matches.

He said (via Liverpool’s official website): “It’s great – it’s great. I said now a couple of times it was the best defensive set-piece session I ever saw.

“Brentford have a lot of qualities, but the set-pieces are super special. I told the boys directly after the game, the focus and concentration we showed today against the best set-piece team I’ve ever played [was great].

“We or them created 50, 60 set-pieces – throw-ins, corners, free-kicks, goalie takes it from the halfway line or in his own half and eight players line up. Super-difficult.

“Everybody in this line of eight what we had there as well stepped up today, was really fully aware of the need in these moments. That was great.

“First half, a lot of good football moments until, I think, when Trent lost the ball in that area, that was maybe one reason [that] all of a sudden we didn’t play anymore.

“When we played, we had super moments. We came between their lines, mixed it up, in behind, in between, I liked it a lot but that was a moment which we have to learn to react much better [to] and keep doing the right things.

“Second half, when you are only 1-0 up then it is clear, they knew we cannot avoid set-pieces. Always when the ball rolled over the line, whichever line it was, it was red alert.

“We all probably had in our minds the game against Nottingham Forest where that looked completely different.

“In a super-intense period for us, the week with Sunday, Wednesday, Saturday [games] and they have a full week off – all makes an impact.

“I am really happy – I have to say I am really happy with this hard-fought 1-0 win.

“The goal was great, the defending was great and in parts the football we played was really, really good.”

Klopp praised talismanic attacker Salah for his instrumental contribution. The Egyptian became only the eighth man to record 100 goals at Anfield.

Salah’s strike today was his 30th this season – the fourth time in six seasons he has hit that mark.

Liverpool have nine days before their next Premier League fixture at Leicester City on Monday, May 15.

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