Jurgen Klopp has hailed Anfield as ‘unbelievable’ after Liverpool’s 2-1 win over Tottenham Hotspur.
Liverpool went into the game needing a win to keep the pressure on Manchester City. Roberto Firmino had the Reds heading that way at half-time, too, but things changed.
The second half was mostly a Spurs affair after they equalised. Liverpool searched for a late winner, however, and found one as proceedings entered stoppage time.
And the Anfield crowd certainly left an impression on Klopp in those moments.
“I have to say, I thought the crowd was unbelievable, really unbelievable,” he told Liverpoolfc.com. “They were not nervous – that’s good.
“Nobody was really nervous – they knew it could happen, ‘Come on, let’s try’. They were really behind us and I love that.”
His words really stand out when you compare them to a situation in 2015, not long after he took over.
Liverpool went down 2-1 to Crystal Palace in November that year, a late header from Scott Dann deciding things. Klopp didn’t focus on that after the game, however, and instead talked about the fans.
“After the goal on 82 minutes, with 12 minutes to go, I saw many people leaving the stadium,” he said, reported the Guardian. “I felt pretty alone at this moment. We decide when it is over. Between 82 and 94 [minutes] you can make eight goals if you like.”
Klopp went on to say that he didn’t blame the supporters as much as his players. ‘We decide when it is over’ being the key phrase – the fans didn’t believe they could win and the team needed to provide that.
Three and a half years later, it’s clear that things have changed. Klopp hailed the ‘unbelievable’ Anfield crowd against Spurs because they believed.
The fans had faith that the team could overcome Spurs late on and continue this title challenge.
Klopp has done a lot for Liverpool since taking over in October 2015. Giving the fans their belief back may be top of the list.