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Klopp: Liverpool still ‘spot on’ when not at its best

Sheffield United battled bravely against the reigning European champions, but a late error from goalkeeper Dean Henderson allowed Liverpool to steal three points at Bramall Lane.

Both Jurgen Klopp and Georginio Wijnaldum agree: This wasn’t a fun win for Liverpool, but acquiring all three points is another good sign for Liverpool.

The Reds beat Sheffield United 1-0 on Saturday thanks to a grievous error from Blades goalkeeper Dean Henderson. The Manchester United loanee lost Wijnaldum’s shot between his legs, and Sheffield United couldn’t take advantages of the opportunities opened up by the Reds back line.

[ RECAP: Blades 0-1 Liverpool ]

“A few years ago we would not have been able to win these games,” Wijnaldum said. “It could be a really important three points. It’s really good to keep collecting the points.”

Jurgen Klopp was asked about his visible frustration on the touch line, as the Reds never really found their form over the course of 90-plus minutes. Bailed out indeed.

“I’m frustrated not any more,” Klopp said. “We started well. You have to do the same things again and again. It starts with the center halves. How we take the ball, how we pass the ball. They are little things.

“Usually you draw a game like this, or you lose it maybe with a set piece, but we were concentrated absolutely over 95 minutes for set pieces, which is very important. They are really strong in that. They have six or seven different routines. The boys were really spot-on, and we didn’t play our best football, sorry for that.”

That’s the right take, and it took a howler for Liverpool to get all three points. There’s a team of destiny feel about the Reds this year. Looks a bit silly to the eye, but it’s heading into the win column nonetheless.

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