Jürgen Klopp saw room for improvement as Liverpool secured a hard-fought 2-0 victory over Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.
"I thought we could have done better, but yes we expected Palace to be that strong and clear in their approach against us, playing a big number of long balls. [Wayne] Hennessey when I saw it before the game warming up, I thought ‘wow, that’s really difficult!’ In the game they were not that long, but they were long enough. I don’t know a lot of defenders in the world that can defend Christian Benteke in nearly 100 per cent of the situations, clear without a foul. It was very important that Virgil was there and that kind of presence, but still the ball drops and then it’s a second ball. That was their plan as well, so it is difficult to be 100 per cent clear in these situations.
Defensively it was absolutely OK, but I was not too happy with our offensive play. The rhythm was not good, timing was not good, both full-backs need to be involved much more and open up their game a little bit so we really have different options. They shouldn’t be our No.10s but they are an option, so that was not too cool. Around the [opponent’s] goal, we had three or four situations, good passes in small spaces around the box and in the box. We were unlucky and then there was the penalty situation. I didn’t see it back; in the game it looked like [a penalty], but I cannot say more about it. We had the penalty, Millie scored in the best minute of the first half - and exactly the same in the second half. "
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