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Klopp described Liverpool players 'Ferraris in the garage'

Wed 18 May 2022 | 7:46

The Reds initially fell behind the opponent but eventually gained three points.

Liverpool

boss Jurgen Klopp described his players as 'Ferraris in the garage' after last night's victory over

Southampton

.

Klopp made nine changes to his squad for the game against Saints in St Marie on Tuesday, while they needed to win to keep their hopes of winning the title alive. Liverpool fell behind with Nathan Redmond's goal, but Takumi Minamino equalized and Joel Matip's header gave the Reds three points. Minamino last scored in a 7-0 win over Crystal Palace in December 2020, with a 514-day gap between his two goals. Klopp, who has won the EFL Cup and the FA Cup this season and is looking to win the Premier League and Champions League, said he was proud of the result.

"I'm so happy about the performance, it was a bit touching, to be honest,"

Klopp said.

"These boys, it's like having Ferraris in the garage. Harvey [Elliott], I'm not sure when he played last. Curtis [Jones], no rhythm, he played from time to time. Takumi Minamino, it's a crime he's not playing more often. Oxlade [Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain] didn't even play and he's in outstanding shape.

"It's really tough for the boys, but whatever happens this year happened because of this group. It's exceptional, and tonight they showed that again."

The German manager added: 

"I've never had a group like this. Because we win most of the time there are not a lot of things you can really argue about. But there are two opportunities how you can deal with it: you give up, or you play your role in the group, and this group push each other constantly.

"In the end it's absolutely outstanding. We came here and had to do what we did, and it worked out because of the boys." 

Liverpool will face Wolverhampton in the final week of the league and

Man City

will play Aston Villa under Steven Gerrard.

Klopp was asked if he would talk to Steven Gerrard and he replied: 

"No, of course not … There's no reason to talk to him [Gerrard]. We all know Villa wants to win because Villa wants to win," said Klopp.

"We have to first win our game, we can't talk about Wolves as if they will not be there. It's difficult enough.

"Imagine we went there with one ear in Manchester and [Raul] Jimenez headed in the ball. We will be 100 per cent focused.

"So many things happened in this second half of the season. If we become champions it would be deserved as well, but for that we have to win."

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