Klopp dismisses talk of pressure as Liverpool secure narrow win over Wolves



Posted Friday, January 24, 2020 by PA

Klopp dismisses talk of pressure as Liverpool secure narrow win over Wolves

Boss Jurgen Klopp dismissed any pressure as runaway leaders Liverpool moved another step closer to the Premier League title.

Roberto Firmino’s late strike moved the champions-elect 16 points clear at the top after a 2-1 win at Wolves.

It came after Alisson ensured they extended their unbeaten league run to 40 games with vital saves from Adama Traore and Raul Jimenez.

Jimenez had earlier hauled Wolves level in the second half after Jordan Henderson’s opener.

Liverpool are closing in on a first title in 30 years but Klopp insisted he is not fixated on their position.

Klopp said: “I don’t think about it, I had to ask about exactly the amount of points, that’s the truth, I really forgot in the week.

“I didn’t think about it, I know we play Sunday at Shrewsbury (in the FA Cup), I know we play Wednesday at West Ham and I know we play Saturday.

“That’s three games in seven days which is a lot. We lost Saido Mane (to a hamstring injury) and that’s the pressure I think about. All the rest is no pressure.

“We said it before it would be a really tough game, Wolves are doing so unbelievably well, they are so different to everything else you face.”

Liverpool travel to West Ham next week for their game in hand and victory would move them 19 points clear of Manchester City after they snatched the points at Molineux.

“They scored a super goal and had a big chance from Ali saves,” Klopp added.

“We scored our wonderful goal after a set-piece but not a second or third means everything is open and then it gets intense.

“We had chances, Mo (Salah) and Bobby in front of the goalkeeper and then a worldie from Bobby, it was a super goal.

“This ball can go wide and we know the sound of that. That we have different options to score gives us the opportunity to stay in the game.”

Wolves knocked Klopp’s men out of the FA Cup at Molineux 12 months ago and pushed their visitors hard.

But slapdash defending allowed Henderson to open the scoring when he headed in Trent Alexander-Arnold’s corner after eight minutes.

Clear chances were at a premium until Jimenez headed in his 20th goal of the season from Traore’s excellent delivery early in the second half.

Wolves then pushed for a winner with fine Alisson saves thwarting Traore and Jimenez before Firmino fired in when he collected Henderson’s pass.

Diogo Jota could have levelled at the death though but scooped Jimenez’s cross over.

Boss Nuno Espirito Santo said: “It was a good performance and a very good game. We were organised, we created a lot of situations and we kept going.

“The result is a consequence of all these things. Defensively we were organised and we played well.

“We created chances and the momentum was there but we faced a very good team. I am very happy with the boys. It’s small margins.

“It says a lot of what we’re trying to do for the future. We’re going the right way.”

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