Klopp on the ‘risky’ changes which led to win

Date published: Sunday 6th March 2016 5:32

Liverpool took “risks” with their formation in order to beat Crystal Palace, says Jurgen Klopp.

The Reds were forced to recover from a goal and a man down after Joe Ledley handed Crystal Palace the lead on Sunday, before James Milner was sent off after an hour.

But Klopp made slight tweaks to the formation and introduced Christian Benteke and Kolo Toure in the second half, inspiring a late comeback from his side.

Roberto Firmino and Benteke scored in the closing stages to delight their manager.

“If you are behind it’s not so important why and how, the only thing is that the difference is not so big,” Klopp told BBC Sport. “We had to change the system and had to try to stay offensive. We knew it was risky but at the end we forced it and for us it is a great win.”

On Benteke, who replaced Divock Origi on 80 minutes, Klopp added: “It was a perfect change, he really worked hard. His first touch was a big chance and then it was his penalty. He made the move and forced the situation. It was a clear penalty and then he was pretty cool with the penalty.

“Football is a lot of things and sometimes it’s all about passion. What I saw today from my players, they defended with all they had and that’s good to see.

“Sometimes you need a bit of luck. We forced it in a way because we were high in our formation. We were there, cool enough and scored the goal,” Klopp said of Firmino’s equaliser, which came from keeper Alex McCarthy’s mis-kick.

On changing the formation, Klopp told Sky Sports: “We changed to 3-4-2. That’s what we tried, a little bit risky. Dejan Lovren had to be the right back and centre half. You can try but the rest is passion. For defence you always need more passion than formation.

“We brought on Kolo Toure to save the result at the end but you take what you can get. We had moments to score but now everything is OK. Football is like this. You make a plan at the end but the lads did great. This is the third league win in a row, I can’t believe how it feels, really good, a big moment for us.”

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