Klopp lauds ‘outstanding’ Liverpool star, insists Prem is ‘most important’

Lewis Oldham
Liverpool boss Klopp

Jurgen Klopp has insisted that the Premier League is the “most important competition” for Liverpool this season as they pursue the quadruple.

Liverpool hosted Watford in their first game after the international break on Saturday afternoon.

The Reds were not at their scintillating best but they triumphed 2-0.

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Joe Gomez put in a pinpoint cross for Diogo Jota who headed home in the first half. Fabinho later settled the game from the penalty spot.

Ahead of Man City’s game versus Burnley, Liverpool are two points clear at the top of the Premier League. They have now won ten league games in a row.

Klopp praised Gomez and Jota for their performances after the win over Watford:

“I really think it was a performance there in the right moments. The first goal was really nice play,” Klopp told BBC Sport.

“Credit to Watford and to Roy. He can really organise the team. Everybody knew what place he had to close to make it difficult.

“We could have done better but after two weeks not together and the early kick-off it’s really tricky. But all teams have the same problems.

“I don’t think after the international break I ever see the best game of the season.

“We were very mature and very controlled.”

On the penalty: “I didn’t see it back. I couldn’t see it on the pitch. There were players in between us and the ball. If it’s a foul that’s what VAR is there for. It shouldn’t be everything is allowed in the box just because the player didn’t get the ball.”

On Joe Gomez: “Top. He set up the goal and had another brilliant cross in the second half which could have been a goal. How can you replace Trent Alexander Arnold? I didn’t ask him to play like Trent, I said play like Joe Gomez. He’s an outstanding player. He will have more games towards the end of the season.

“Jota is top. He’s really decisive. Great cross, great header.

“Big two months hopefully. This week can decide a lot about how May will be. The boys created a top-class basis and now we have to use it. It’s a tricky one. There’s a reason why it’s so difficult to win one trophy. Take it game by game. Take it 100% in each game. Hopefully keep all the boys fit and make changes between games. The Premier League is the most important competition.”