Liverpool 2:1 Newcastle

Jurgen Klopp hailed Liverpool’s last-minute winner as a “perfect response” when asked about Newcastle’s time-wasting at Anfield, calling the 2-1 victory one of his “best nights”.

The visitors, who looked set to secure a point earned thanks to Alexander Isak’s first-half goal, frustrated Klopp’s side with several instances of the clock running down in the last 10 minutes of the game and five minutes of added time. indicated time Nick Pope also invited the physio to treat his shoulder.

However, the addition of more than two minutes of added time before Fabio Carvalho’s last-gasp corner winner was enough to unsettle the visitors’ bench and tensions boiled over as Liverpool’s backroom team and substitutes celebrated the youngster’s goal.

“When we scored after 90-plus eight minutes, it’s the perfect response to be honest. I’m very happy about it, but there’s nothing else to say,” he said. BT Sport.

“It was the perfect moment to win that game because it was a tough game, very passionate, aggressive defense. It’s hard to pick up a rhythm from a game where everything clicked immediately and you find yourself in situations where it doesn’t click right away. .

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“I told the boys at half-time, even before we were 1-0 down, we looked a bit desperate, we didn’t play the extra pass. When we did, we were very dangerous, so we had to force ourselves to stay calm a bit more and carry on.”

Klopp then demonstrated his trademark fist-pumping celebration as the final whistle blew, before heaping praise on Liverpool’s night.

“It’s a frustrating night for a huge boost,” he said. “One of the best nights we’ve ever had, that’s football.

“But we have to make sure we make the most of these two days. We got six points in the last two games but we have to improve.

“Now Everton won’t open up for us. We know it’s going to be difficult, so we have to be ready.”

Carvalho, who turned 20 on Tuesday, scored his second goal in five days to earn Liverpool just their second win from their opening five games, although he has played just 84 minutes so far for the club he joined from Fulham this summer.

“He’s a fantastic boy,” added Klopp. “We changed almost everything, we went very attack-oriented, but he can play there too. When the lad is as good as he is, he needs a moment.

“It’s a massive result that we’ll remember for years and years. We won once at Newcastle 3-2 with Divock Origi scoring late on. I’m not 100 per cent sure they all believed until the end – but from now on we have to do it, as we showed again , that it is possible.”

Howe: We were tired because of less preparation time

Newcastle boss Eddie Howe, who called Carvalho’s winner a “very painful” moment for his team, defended the second-half approach at Anfield, having played Liverpool for almost 24 hours at the weekend.

Alecander Isak shone on his Newcastle debut
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Alexander Isak shone on his Newcastle debut, scoring one goal and seeing the other narrowly hit offside.

He said: “It’s a Premier League game, there’s so much at stake. We had players who were tired, we had one less day to recover than Liverpool, we’ve given our all in every game we’ve played so far. From our point of view, no fun, it was just a tired body.

“In the second half we wanted to slow the game down, they wanted to speed it up, so it was a natural frustration against two opposing needs.”

He added: “As I sit here I have no idea [why two minutes extra were played]. It looked like the final whistle would never come, but we needed to defend the final score better. It’s a cruel game.”

On the game itself, where Newcastle came inches away from picking up another point against one of last season’s title contenders after holding Man City already this season, Howe said: “I’m really proud of the players and proud of the commitment, but it hurts a lot .

“When you’re in the lead here, of course it becomes a different game. You have to defend really well, I don’t think they had many clear chances, but that last-minute goal was heartbreaking.”

What next?

Liverpool travel to Everton for the Merseyside derby on Saturday at 12.30pm before Newcastle host Crystal Palace at 3pm on Saturday.