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Klopp dismisses criticism after victory over Palace

Klopp dismisses criticism after victory over Palace

Jurgen Klopp laughed off suggestions that Liverpool underperformed against Palace, praising his side's defensive performance after they kept a clean sheet in the 1-0 win.

Liverpool toiled for 73 minutes to breach the Palace defence, with Sadio Mane eventually breaking the deadlock to hand his side their first Premier League win of the season.

The Reds' back four were heavily criticised following last weekend's 3-3 draw at Watford, but Klopp insists his defence put in a much-improved showing in dealing with Palace's long-ball tactics.

"Obviously my decision not to read the British press was one of the best I ever did in my life because were we already under pressure?," Klopp asked reporters at a post-match press conference.

"Yes, we were not 100 percent happy, but it's not a general problem. We have to work on it. If you want to start like this, then we defended outstandingly good today.

"I think last week against Huddersfield, Crystal Palace started really football-playing and then Huddersfield were 2-0 up. Then they became a little more direct and using Christian Benteke. I think we really defended this outstandingly good.

"[Ragnar] Klavan and [Joel] Matip did really well in the protection. Joe [Gomez] and Robbo [Andrew Robertson] were really good. You cannot defend it differently, to be honest.

"One problem we had at Watford was we were too early too deep. If you know the other team plays long balls, you have to stay as high as possible as long as possible to create the space for your goalkeeper and use offside," the former Borussia Dortmund boss added.

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