Liverpool managed to salvage a 2-2 draw against West Bromwich Albion on Sunday. Manager Jurgen Klopp was adamant to praise the fans after the game.
Liverpool looked to be heading towards defeat despite dominating the game against WBA at Anfield. Jordan Henderson had given the Reds the lead in the 21st minute, by goals by WBA defenders Craig Dawson (30th minute) and Jonas Olsson (73rd minute) had switched the momentum of the game. But late into added time, Divock Origi scored the equalizer to salvage a point for the home side.
Klopp praised the atmosphere at Anfield and the fans in the postgame press conference.
“Yesterday we spoke about the special atmosphere and it was a special atmosphere,” Klopp told liverpoolfc.com. “It was such a hard game. On Thursday we played on ice, today against a wall. We played well, we created chances and we made everything.
“They got two set-plays. I don’t know what percentage of the goals we have conceded have been set-plays but it feels like 98 per cent or something.
“We defended well and everything was good. Creating chances is not easy against a team like this, especially when you played on Thursday. You play against an opponent and they play long balls all the time, they only want set-plays. So it was really, really hard.
“Maybe the crowd was disappointed but they didn’t let us feel it. That’s the thing. We were all in the game, we were all concentrated and we all wanted to get one point at the end. It felt like three. I know it is only one but if felt like three.
“This moment was an explosion and it was the best atmosphere since I’ve been here. I really enjoyed it. I don’t know if it’s normal in England but I want to say thank-you. Together with the team, it was great.
“Sometimes a point deserved in the right way is more important. I know you all want the three points, it’s important for the table. But for our development so many different things are important – the style of play against a team like this.
“Everybody tells us we can’t play against a team like this. Yes we can. We could do everything; we were in the box, had chances and made a brilliant goal. Everything… and then they got two set-plays.
“Then to stay in the game, only a few seconds from disappointment, and to come back is a big moment in football. I really enjoyed it. This one point is a big difference – nothing or one. I enjoyed this game and enjoyed the atmosphere with my whole body.”
Liverpool sits in 9th place with 24 points. The Reds will take on newcomers Watford on the road next Sunday.