Jurgen Klopp has sealed his first league win as Liverpool manager as the Reds came from behind to seal a 3-1 victory over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. The German manager, who replaced Brendan Rodgers earlier this month has expressed his delighted after his side managed to beat the Premier League champions on Saturday.
Chelsea took an early lead from Ramires’ header in the fourth minute. However, their lead was cancelled in the added time of the first half. It was Philippe Coutinho, who was the star man for the Merseyside club as two goals in first and second half, followed by a late goal from substitute Christian Benteke sealed the match for the visitors.
The Blues had a good start to the game, until Liverpool started to dominate on the pitch. The former Borussia Dortmund praised his players after they were successful in restricting Chelsea to limited possession in the final third.
“We didn’t have the best start in the game. We needed a few minutes to come into it and Chelsea made their goal – one of those strange situations where there were four against two in the corner and they made the cross,” Klopp told Liverpool’s official website.
“They made their goal but we stood in the game. We had our moments, we played football and our build-up with short passes – what we want to do – was very good.”
“They tried to make high pressure but we could play in the spaces between. So we could change the situation a little bit and I think in the first half we deserved it.”
“Of course, it’s dangerous because of the quality of Chelsea with the counter. But we controlled these situations; not perfectly, we showed the guys a few situations at half-time where we had to protect our situations better. We made a goal and deserved the draw at half-time.
“In the second half it was an open game, we got a little bit more of the game and made our goals in two perfect moments for us. Shoot at the right moment, don’t shoot at the wrong moment, take the ball to a better situation and then shoot. A little bit of luck, of course, but I feel it was deserved.
“At the end, we had to work hard but that’s normal if you want to win at Chelsea. We had to work hard and that’s what we did.”
This is Klopp’s second consecutive victory after they sealed a 1-0 win over AFC Bournemouth in the Capital One Cup. Liverpool are now in the quarter final of the competition and that is their best chance of clinching a silverware this season, especially with Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United all been knocked out of the Capital One Cup.