Jurgen Klopp appreciates Liverpool concentration at West Brom
- Author: Angelo Rivera Apr 17, 2017,
Apr 17, 2017, 0:43
"It is not about football, but they play football too".
Jurgen Klopp warned that Liverpool shouldn't start dreaming of the Champions League despite cementing their place in the top four with a 1-0 win at West Bromwich Albion on Sunday.
Victory was enough to see Liverpool climb above Manchester City into third as they keep up the pressure on Manchester United and Arsenal to catch them in the closing weeks of the season.
Brazil worldwide Roberto Firmino scored the only goal of the game just shy of half-time as he headed home from James Milners free kick.
"In the second half we did much better, but we kept the ball in the first half and didn't let them be really part of the game".
With a forgettable half meandering towards its conclusion, Klopp's men took the lead in stoppage time.
Just before the break, Firmino would make it 1-0 after James Milner's free kick from the right was flicked on by Lucas Leiva and he headed home.
Georginio Wijnaldum slid a nicely weighted pass into Firmino's path and the goalscorer chipped across the West Brom box, where Milner charged forward from left-back to volley over.
West Brom introduced three substitutes in an effort to change the pattern of the game but they were met with stubborn resistance from the visitors.
Pulis' men would go no closer to getting on terms - the Arsenal win before last month's global break standing as the only game in the last seven where they have found the net.
West Brom had the first opening when Liverpool failed to clear their lines and Matt Phillips picked up possession on the edge of the area.
It was Liverpool's first win in nine Premier League away games against teams managed by Tony Pulis.
- Roberto Firmino has now surpassed his Premier League goal tally from last season (10 in 2015-16, 11 in 2016-17).