Boss praises resolute Reds


Jurgen Klopp has paid tribute to his Liverpool side after they managed to beat the 'most defensive' side he has ever faced.

The Reds looked set to be frustrated as Sunderland dug in at Anfield but Divock Origi broke the deadlock on 75 minutes before James Milner made it 2-0 in stoppage time.

After last week’s goalless draw against Southampton which saw them lose top spot Liverpool’s hard-earned win against a resolute Black Cats side got them back on track.

It was not the free-flowing performance which has become their trademark this season but that was partly down to Sunderland’s dogged resistance and defensive set-up.

“I didn’t think about Southampton for a second today,” added the German when he was asked whether he felt a repeat of St Mary’s was on the cards.

“No, today was much more defensive. I don’t think I have ever played against a more defensive team, man-marking against Coutinho and (Victor) Anichebe left full-back.

“It is a nice thing to learn that we are able to beat even the most defensive team I ever played against.”