UNITED KINGDOM, March 7 – Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has credited passion over tactics as the inspiration behind his side’s last-gasp 2-1 win over Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on Sunday.
The Reds went behind early in the second half when Joe Ledley struck for the Eagles, and things got even worse when James Milner was received his second yellow card in the 62nd minute, forcing the German coach to reconsider his tactics.
But the Reds opted to push forward and Roberto Firmino took full advantage of Eagles goalkeeper Alex McCarthy’s mishit clearance in the 72nd minute, before Christian Benteke was chopped down in the sixth minute of added time and buried the resulting penalty.
“I think [across] the whole 90 minutes we deserved the luck but in the situation around [Firmino’s equaliser], we needed a bit of luck to force this mistake and could use it to score a goal,” Klopp said.
“To be honest, I think nobody really thought that we would try to make another goal, but Christian had another idea. He took the ball, went into the box, and it was a challenge, it was a foul, it was a penalty and he took the chance for us. It was really good.
“We knew about [Milner’s] yellow card, of course, and we had to make a decision. It’s not the biggest problem, we were one man down and 1-0 behind but it’s not a problem for the offensive things because you don’t need 11 players for offensive play.
“But it makes sense to have 11 for defending, so we had to find a solution for this and we tried to do it with 3-4-2. It’s more about passion than about formation in this moment. We did well, we needed a little bit of luck of course.”