Jurgen Klopp wasn’t “overly happy” with Liverpool’s hard-fought 1-0 win at Sheffield United after blowing a number of scoring opportunities.
Klopp’s perfect start to the Premier League season continued on Saturday afternoon as Dean Henderson’s howler allowed Gini Wijnaldum to snatch all three points for Liverpool at Sheffield.
The hosts, though, delivered a spirited performance in front of their home supporters at Bramall Lane. Despite a slow start, Sheffield soon began to hold their own and came close to breaking the deadlock twice in the first half.
Liverpool, meanwhile, squandered chances to go ahead themselves with Sadio Mane missing two great opportunities.
Blades keeper Henderson later made amends to the home crowd by pulling off a late save from Mohamed Salah. Nevertheless, Wijnaldum’s goal was enough to earn the Reds a 1-0 win.
Even with all three points in the bag, however, Klopp was left unsatisfied anyway.
“For us it was important to win,” the Liverpool boss told reporters.
“We had unbelievably big chances, in the first half we had two big chances and in the second one which we scored from.
“These games, they are not all beauties and you have to work hard for the results.
“You have to respect the opponent, we had good moments and it was one of these games you have to win but not think too much about it.”
Klopp added: “One team deserved to win, which was us, but all respect to Sheffield United, they were tough.
“I was frustrated, and at half time we spoke about it. We started well, but you have to do the same things again and again.
“It’s about body language, it starts with the centre-halves, it’s the little things.
“They threw everything at us, they worked incredibly hard, they were a real threat. I am fine with the game, not overly happy but it happens.
“We were concentrated at set-pieces for 95 minutes the boys were spot on. We didn’t play our best football but there we are.”
Liverpool will now meet RB Salzburg at Anfield next Wednesday for their second Champions League match in Group E.