Cape Town - Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp delivered a strange half-time
team talk on Sunday, telling his players he was "satisfied" to be
trailing 1-0 against Tottenham.
Spurs striker Harry Kane reacted fastest when Son
Heung-min's deflected shot hit the post to head the visitors in front after 47
seconds, but for the rest of the first half, the Reds were on top including one
spell of around 10 minutes of unrelenting pressure.
Klopp's men were unable to find the equaliser before the
break but did end up winning 2-1 after Jordan Henderson's goal and Mo Salah's
penalty and, speaking to Liverpool's official website, Lovren revealed that
Klopp had faith in his players to turn the game around.
"We knew it would be a tough game, even though they
didn't have brilliant results in the last couple of games," the
"We knew it would be tough and unfortunately they
scored in the first minute, but we kept our nerve, played our game and we had
"We came in at half-time and the boss said: 'Usually I
never say this, but I am satisfied even though we are 1-0 down. But we need to
continue like that and keep our nerve'.
"We knew we would have another chance and we did it.
It's a massive, massive win."
Lovren added that he was happy with how his side performed
overall, saying: "I'm happy for Hendo, he deserved that. And, especially
for the three points, Sadio - it was a great run from him [to win the penalty].
"Overall, we're quite happy. Let's just now recover
well, sleep well and eat well because we have a game every three days. So, just
be calm with our heads and everything will be okay."
Liverpool welcome Arsenal to Anfield on Wednesday for a League
Cup Round of 16 clash.
Kick-off is at 21:30 (SA time).
- TeamTalk Media