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Liverpool’s win at Chelsea epitomises resilience Jurgen Klopp has built into team

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By Phil McNulty
Chief football writer
Liverpool director Jurgen Klopp’s celebrations at the final whistle at Stamford Bridge provided a window to the importance of victory.
Klopp’s impact on Liverpool in that span has been astounding, in creating them, culminating champions for the first time time with victory over Tottenham in Madrid in June.
And Klopp’s listing in national affairs is also formidable, with his tally of all 92 victories in the time period bettered by Jose Mourinho, who won 105 of his 150 Premier League games.
It didn’t really bring the name last year, when Manchester City pipped them despite Liverpool dropping only one league match – but renewed belief is surging by those supporters who celebrated by Klopp at the finish of this 2-1 triumph over Chelsea that gave the Reds maximum points from six games.
This really is a record-breaking Liverpool side building the platform for the things Klopp and they hope are the return of the league name – their holy grail – following having a 30-year wait.
Liverpool dug deep to win on Sunday and be the first group to take points.
They have won their previous 15 league matches, with just rivals City putting a run that was more with in history, when they won 18 between December and August 2017.
Few title wins are pretty as a picture since a number of those Liverpool have levied on competitions in his 149 games, but those three points will be as pleasing to the attention of Klopp.
Since Klopp rightly said:”You won’t ever win at Chelsea without placing a proper shift in and we did that now.
“It is exceptional. What can I say? We must keep going. We have not had these games although it never seems as simple as it did for Manchester City. We have had to work for it.”
Klopp is revived in which Liverpool were put under stress than they have been for some time however, the body language in his technical area at Stamford Bridge was especially telling, both during and following a match.
He had been non-stop from the first whistle, and especially when Chelsea threatened to wash out their two-goal lead.
Klopp fist-pumped his chest at the management of his players, exhorting larger effort. The German’s cries carried rows back into the stands. He danced up and down to the spot when possession was squandered. He participated Chelsea counterpart Frank Lampard and fourth official Kevin Buddy in conversation on more than one event.
And when the whistle wentKlopp’s bliss was apparent as he went about each member of his staff and players before tapping his heart in front of Liverpool support.
In the space of those 150 Premier League games Klopp has had a transformative effect on Liverpool, fulfilling his first mission to”flip doubters into believers” and then some.
Not a lot of the group from Klopp’s launching game off to Spurs October 2015 remain. While Divock Origi is hurt, at Chelsea, Adam Lallana and James Milner were to the bench.
No-one have to underestimate the brilliance and resilience of Manchester City, not only in responding to defeat at Norwich by thrashing Watford but also the manner in which they stayed ahead of Liverpool last season and overhauled.
What is telling, however, is that Liverpool’s Champions League win seems to have sharpened their desire for victory and trophies not sated it. The Premier League is their mission.
They have shown themselves capable of kinds of victories and this was one of the variety that was eye-catching, but both precious and supplying Klopp a glance at the other face of the team.
Liverpool were nowhere close to their best but it’s one of a Premier League title-winning season’s old adages the secret to success is winning exactly those occasions.
And, as a bonus, Liverpool are also capable of accomplishing types of goals.
The moves and individual brilliance from the likes of Roberto Firmino Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane really are a familiar sight.
But the header of Firmino and Trent attack, the two from free-kick patterns, meant Liverpool have scored 34 goals from set-pieces because the beginning of last year than every other team.
If Liverpool aren’t currently performing at their best, Klopp still needs courage, intensity, dedication – the types of quality and excellence he’s drilled to his side on 150 games.
Those qualities were needed here. Liverpool delivered to Klopp’s demands – and the Anfield juggernaut rolls on.

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