‘Childish’ Reds still too good

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October 31, 2016
‘Childish’ Reds still too good

WASN'T HAPPY: Jurgen Klopp

Klopp critiques team's play, but gives credit where due.

Liverpool will learn from their “childish” first-half display, before their quality blew Crystal Palace away 4-2 on Saturday.

Boss Jurgen Klopp criticised Pool’s first quarter as “childish”.

But Philippe Coutinho and his teammate then made the second half seem like mere child’s play, with Klopp praising his manne.

The Reds’ defensive frailty twice allowed Palace’s centre back James McArthur to head the home side back into a game in which they were outclassed.

He cancelled out early goals from Emre Can and Dejan Lovren, who was at fault for one of McArthur’s strikes.

Coutinho was brilliant in setting up Lovren and Joel Matip to give the Reds a 3-2 lead at the break, before skipper Jordan Henderson played in Roberto Firmino to score a cute goal to seal the points.

Klopp said: “The first 15 minutes, I was not too happy. It looked like childish football, but no greed, no direction.

“But then we scored and we started playing football and I’m not sure that we’ve played a lot of times better than we played offensive-wise.

Henderson adds: “We need to look back at the game and the mistakes we made.

“But we dealt with it well – we forgot about it and moved on and just concentrated on what we had to do to win the game.

“Dejan will be disappointed but he came up with the goal and then he was magnificent throughout the game. You’ve got to give people like that credit. It takes a lot of character to do that.”

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