After a 2-0 victory over Sheffield United to end a four-game Premier League losing streak, Jurgen Klopp said he never doubted Liverpool’s solidarity, and Curtis Jones dedicated his goal to bereaved teammate Alisson.
Following the death of his father Jose in Brazil, Alisson was unable to play, and in an emotional post-match interview, Jones dedicated his opener to the goalkeeper and his father.
When asked whether Jones’ words summed up his team’s unity, Liverpool manager Klopp responded, “I was never in doubt about this team’s togetherness. This is how the world is. We win a game and demonstrate solidarity by making everyone talk. We haven’t won a game, and [people] suggest we aren’t working together. It isn’t as easy as that. It was another unique week; it’s a good touch from Curtis, but it’s obvious that we try our best not just for Ali.”
Liverpool had fallen out of the Champions League places after losing four games in a row to Brighton, Manchester City, Leicester, and Everton.
However, the win, which was confirmed by Kean Bryan’s own goal – Liverpool’s 7,000th goal in the Premier League – took them within two points of fourth-placed West Ham.
“It’s a big deal,” Klopp said, adding that Diogo Jota was unable to participate because he became ill overnight at the team hotel.
“We needed the points to get in touch with the teams above us, so it was crucial. The first goal came from a scrappy scenario, and the entire Sheffield team figured the ball was gone.
However, I believe the first goal demonstrates the difference, especially in comparison to the other games, because we missed opportunities after playing some super football.
We know we can score in these circumstances, but we stuck to our strategy to get the first goal.”