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Jurgen Klopp hails “unbelievable” Liverpool win in tricky conditions

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp praised his “unbelievable” squad after their 2-0 victory at Cardiff City enabled them to reclaim top spot in the Premier League.

After a goalless first-half in Wales, Georginio Wijnaldum broke the deadlock for Liverpool with his third league goal of the season.

Cardiff captain Sean Morrison later fouled Mohamed Salah in the area, which resorted in Liverpool being awarded a penalty. Substitute James Milner stepped up to put away the spot-kick and seal a 2-0 win for the Reds.

Now Klopp’s side have returned to the top spot in the Premier League, with a two-point lead over Manchester City.

“It was prepared to be a proper banana skin and we knew that, the boys were unbelievable. It was clear, difficult for all of us,” Klopp told BBC.

“The weather changed and made it much more intense. We knew we had to stay patient and do the right things. It was very dry on the pitch so passing was not very easy. The boys didn’t get frustrated, we had wonderful chances in the first half but we knew if we continued we would have chances.

“It was brilliant how we scored the goals. No doubt a penalty, he grabs him five or six times.

“I only know about me and I didn’t feel it (the pressure) we have to do it like we do it. We cannot change it. The boys try really with all they have, we only speak about the things we have to do.

“Their attitude is outstanding and it’s a tough season but a very positive one as well.”

On Wijnaldum’s goal, Klopp said: “We have our routines, at half-time the boys spoke about it.

“It was all credit to the boys, we didn’t train it, they spoke about it and did it in the game.”

Liverpool will host Huddersfield Town at Anfield for their next Premier League match on Friday.

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CARDIFF, WALES – APRIL 21: Georginio Wijnaldum of Liverpool (front) celebrates as he scores his team’s first goal during the Premier League match between Cardiff City and Liverpool FC at Cardiff City Stadium on April 21, 2019 in Cardiff, United Kingdom. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)