Jurgen Klopp has defended his Liverpool side after criticism of their recent performances.

The Reds have won all eight of their matches so far to sit top of the Premier League table, though some have doubted their title credentials given the less than convincing manner in which they’ve claimed victory on occasion.

They endured a few scares just prior to the recent international break, and could consider themselves lucky to still have a 100 per cent league record.

Klopp is all smiles with his side going eight for eight at the start of the season
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Chelsea came so close to grabbing a draw with Klopp’s side when the Reds visited Stamford Bridge, while they only managed to beat Sheffield United due to a huge mistake from Blades goalkeeper Dean Henderson.

Their final match before the break ended in a 2-1 defeat of Leicester, with the winning goal coming from the penalty spot in the dying seconds of injury time.

These narrow escapes do not bother Klopp, however, as he knows his team need to play better, but insists performances have hardly been that bad.

“I didn’t understand it when people said we didn’t deserve to win vs Leicester,” Klopp told a press conference. “It was 100 per cent a Liverpool game. It wasn’t lucky.

“Can we play better? Of course. But you have to play as good as you can in the moment.

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“We haven’t relied on winning a game without performing as the boys have performed so far. It’s about making the next steps and you can’t do that during the summer when the boys aren’t there.

“We have to do it in the season, that’s what we are doing at the moment.

“The next challenge is a really good opponent in a really difficult situation.”

Klopp also discussed other topics during his pre-Manchester United press conference, and you can read the best bits, below…


On injuries

“Alisson, Joel Matip and Mohamed Salah are looking better. How good, we will have to see. Two more sessions to come, then we have to make decisions. Nothing fixed yet.”

On Liverpool’s record at Old Trafford

“I’m quite optimistic we have a chance. History in this case is not really important but it gives a sign that we like to create and use atmosphere in our stadium, and Old Trafford is not too bad as well in that department.”

On facing United

“United have said we are the perfect opponent. I don’t think there are a lot of teams who would love to play us at the moment, United look the only team to want to play us at the moment and we have to make sure it’s a misunderstanding. But I’d prepare it in the same way.