Klopp hails Kop roar as Liverpool see off Sunderland


LIVERPOOL: Jurgen Klopp saluted the Anfield crowd after they willed Liverpool to a 2-0 victory against Sunderland.                  

Klopp’s side were involved in a war of attrition on Saturday as failed to break down Sunderland during the first half.

After the re-start, Reds boss Klopp ran down the touchline to implore the Kop to sing louder and it seemed to have the desired effect.

Liverpool remained patient as Sunderland repelled everything Klopp’s men could throw at them until Divock Origi’s 75th minute finish put the Reds on the path to a victory confirmed by James Milner’s 91st minute penalty.

The win was marred by a first half ankle injury to Brazil midfielder Philippe Coutinho which saw him stretchered off in clear agony.

Yet despite the hard-working nature of the win, Klopp was pleased — and praised the way the atmosphere improved and gave his side a lift when they needed it most.

“I don’t think I have ever played against a more defensive team,” said Klopp, whose side remain one point behind leaders Chelsea.

“They were man-marking against Coutinho and their striker Victor Anichebe was at left full-back.

“We all need to learn to handle a situation like this. We have a football situation and work on it but I believe in atmosphere — it is a big, big part of the game.

“The crowd was really good in the first half and second half it was like ‘come on we have waited long enough’.

“Atmosphere makes everything easier, I tried to remind the crowd and they reacted more than brilliant.”