Jurgen Klopp said Liverpool’s “defensive organisation” in their 1-0 win over Swansea City was the best it has been since he took over.
Klopp felt the football was affected by winds gusting up to 50mph, but his side nevertheless recorded their first Premier League home victory since he took over – and their first at Anfield since September 26 – thanks to James Milner’s 62nd-minute penalty.
“The wind was crazy because it changed all the time. For both teams it was really difficult,” said Klopp.
“In this time you cannot take this game and say ‘This is how football should be’. Wind is the biggest enemy of football but we did okay.
“Players can usually play better passes but it is not easy.
“This wasn’t our best performance, but it was our best performance in a strong wind.
“It was good in many parts of the game. We played against an opponent who were very well organised.
“I think it was our best game in defensive organisation.
“We made the goal and defended really well. Simon Mignolet had not that much work. It was a big plus for the whole team.
“We were deserved winners. In this moment we have to fight in really difficult circumstances and that is what the boys did and everyone can be proud.”
Liverpool received a further confidence boost from the returns of captain Jordan Henderson, out since mid-August, and Daniel Sturridge, making his first appearance since Brendan Rodgers’ last game in charge on October 4.
“Good news for the big Liverpool family,” added Klopp, whose side moved up to sixth, just six points behind leaders Manchester City whom they beat last weekend.
“Two very important players for us are back in the race and they did well for their situation, where they have come from after a long break.”