Jurgen Klopp hails "fantastic" Liverpool win over West Bromwich Albion
- Author: Loretta Pittman Apr 17, 2017,
Apr 17, 2017, 0:41
Jurgen Klopp said Liverpool's hard-fought victory at West Brom on Sunday left him feeling "fantastic".
The Brazilian converted a flick-on from Lucas Leiva to seal a fifth win in their last seven games for Liverpool.
Liverpool are back up to third in the table, two points ahead of Manchester City having played a game more than Pep Guardiola side.
Goalkeeper Ben Foster ventured up for a stoppage-time corner to try and improve this record but found himself stranded on the right wing.
Liverpool began to dominate possession but Phillips tried his luck again with an ambitious effort from distance that went high and wide.
"They play football and create these moments and when they have it, West Brom are so strong".
Tony Pulis' men were next to fashion a chance, when former Spurs man Nacer Chadli air-kicked from just yards out, after a fine cross from Matt Phillips.
Instead he missed his kick and Liverpool nearly broke away and scored. Coutinho then tried another long-range shot but it never troubled Foster. "[Simon] Mignolet was in there again with the fist and it was really good".
Gary Lineker expressed his surprise that West Brom conceded from a free-kick after Roberto Firmino scored Liverpool's victor in a 1-0 victory at The Hawthorns.
"It was a little bit too static in the first half but I felt we already were in a good way", Klopp added.
"We needed to adapt to what West Brom wanted to do".
In fact they nearly fell further behind when a Coutinho free-kick took a double deflection on its way for a Liverpool corner.
Jake Livermore dragged an effort well wide, before Emre Can blasted over from all of 35 yards in an effort somewhat symptomatic of the lack of clear-cut chances.
The winger connected well with his shot but it was smothered low down by Mignolet.
Goalkeeper Ben Foster pushed forward in the final few minutes and that decision was almost punished but substitute Alberto Moreno missed an open net in the dying seconds.