Jurgen Klopp hailed Harvey Elliott as “the best player on the pitch” during Liverpool’s dramatic Premier League win over Newcastle United.
Liverpool looked set to lose at least two points at home to Newcastle on Wednesday night after Eddie Howe’s new £60m striker Alexander Isak put the visitors ahead just before half-time.
But Roberto Firmino scored his third goal of the season to equalize at Anfield and Fabio Carvalho’s last goal completed the turnaround, much to Klopp’s delight.
The Liverpool boss said: “The perfect moment to win that game because it was a difficult game, very passionate, defended aggressively.
“It’s difficult to pick up the rhythm of a game where everything clicked instantly, and you find yourself in situations where it doesn’t click instantly.
“Even before we were 1-0 down, we looked a bit desperate in situations. We had to force ourselves to keep calm and move on. In the end we forced it and what a beautiful goal from the birthday boy.
“It’s the best way to win a football game. I think we scored after 90+8 is the perfect answer. I’m very happy about it.”
On Elliott and Carvalho, Klopp added: “Harvey was without a doubt the best player on the pitch. It was nice to see him picking up where he was before the serious injury.
“Fabio, what a boy. What a player. I’m pretty sure he’d like to have that feeling more often and I’m pretty sure he’ll have it more often as he keeps working.
Liverpool failed to win any of their first three games of the season but beat Bournemouth 9-0 at the weekend and showed character to battle past Newcastle tonight.
Commenting on Liverpool’s start to the season, Klopp said: “We definitely have a lot of room for improvement.
“It was played well by Newcastle, I have to say. It’s still early in the season. You have to fight your way through that and we did it.”
Newcastle manager Howe, meanwhile, admitted his side suffered from the “terrible side of football” as they conceded a goal on practically the last shot of the game.
“It’s the pain of football,” he said. “That’s the horrible side of when your team has given it their all. It’s nausea for us, but it’s part of the game. We just couldn’t handle the corner.
“I thought we played well in the first half. Of course, if you are 1-0 here, you won’t be the dominant team and you won’t have to endure pressure. It’s difficult to defend against this team.’
Liverpool return to action against Merseyside rivals Everton on Saturday, while Newcastle are set to bounce back at West Ham the next day.
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