Jurgen Klopp hails Reds' new-found maturity to control games

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10th December 2018
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Jurgen Klopp believes Liverpool have enjoyed a successful start to the campaign due to their ability to be more controlling during games.

Liverpool are unbeaten in their first sixteen matches this term, sitting at the top of the Premier League after a 4-0 victory at .

The Reds are now the only side out of the top five tiers of English football to be unbeaten, with suffering their first defeat of the season to on Saturday.

Klopp praised his side in their new-found maturity to control games, after being questioned about the Reds' capitulation to Bournemouth two years ago when they led 2-0 and then 3-2, only to lose 4-3 after 90 minutes.

“I could probably for you the goals we conceded that day; we let Bournemouth come back into that game,” said Klopp, of Liverpool's dramatic 4-3 defeat at Dean Court two years ago.

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“Unfortunately I cannot say that will never happen again but we are really more controlled in these situations now. It was a big step for us; very important.

“Last year we were really flying and everything was brilliant, until we were not flying.

“The difference between flying and not flying was quick last year.

“It was something we wanted to work on. It's worked out. That's good. A few new players have come in and other players are more mature.

“This squad is still not too experienced, that's how it is. But we still have to improve, that's clear.”

Klopp also heaped praise on the importance of several key players in Saturday's victory, saying he could 'write a book' about their strengths.

“I could write a book about Virgil's strengths, I could write a book about Alisson's strengths, but look what Joel Matip did at Bournemouth, how good he was,” said Klopp.

“He has absolutely no rhythm, but he trains on the highest level, and he's not even in the squad sometimes. But then he plays and is excellent.

“So it's not about one person.

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, it's Premier League game number 500 and he plays at right-back. It's the least favourite position he would want to play, but he did the job, so that all comes together.

“The centre-half alone can do nothing. Nobody can perform wonders. So we need all these boys around.”

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