Jurgen Klopp insists he was not worried by Liverpool’s narrow margin of victory over Plymouth in the FA Cup third round replay replay.
The Reds were laborious at times, and only sneaked through thanks to a rare Lucas Leiva goal in the first half.
However, Klopp was still happy with his side’s night’s work, and was happy to instead credit Plymouth for their spirited resistance.
“I love this in football, that everyone can cause everybody problems,” he said.
“It was a clear penalty in the first half (on Daniel Sturridge) and that would’ve helped because this team hadn’t played together too much. You could see the team were looking around like they were embarrassed to be losing challenges against a fourth division team.
“In the second half it was good, but then it became a bit static. We had a penalty, and 2-0, 3-0, 4-0 would have been OK, but 1-0 I’m fine with that. I was not too concerned for going through, but I thought ‘oh my god another 30 minutes’, but it is all good, no extra-time, job done, let’s go home. As nice as it is here, we leave as early as possible, so all good.”
On Lucas Leiva’s winner, Klopp added: “Every week in training we play old versus young and he is a top scorer for old, which is unbelievable.”
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