Klopp pleased with "dirty three points"

20 October 2021 11:07:48 CET
Jurgen Klopp's side overcame ten-man Atletico

Jurgen Klopp was pleased to see Liverpool claim a "dirty three points" after the Reds' 3-2 victory over Atletico Madrid in the Champions League.

Liverpool are 5/1 to win the Champions League and just 1/14 to top Group B having forged five points clear of second-placed Atletico following their triumph in Madrid.

See-saw Spanish clash

Klopp's men burst out the traps at the Wanda Metropolitano thanks to early strikes from Mo Salah and Naby Keita but the hosts roared back thanks to a brace from Antoine Griezmann.

Atleti piled the pressure on before the game dynamic changed early in the second-half when Griezmann saw red for a high foot.

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With 12 minutes remaining, Liverpool regained the lead through a Salah penalty and, after a VAR reprieve of their own at the other end, managed to hold on for a scrappy victory.

Klopp happy with scrappy success

Speaking afterwards, Klopp admitted that while the performance was far from perfect, he was delighted to see his team tough it out.

"We did surprisingly well at the beginning. Did we expect it to be that offensive? Probably not. It was not so easy. We scored two wonderful goals then played good football," he said.

"It was 2-0 then obviously Atletico are not too bothered about having possession. The first goal we gave away then the second, it was nice play but the gaps we had there. That was not alright.

"We played a really solid second half in a tough game with intense football from both teams.

"The dirty three points are often the most important and they were dirty tonight. That wasn't our best football but it was an important step."

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