After the game against Manchester City where Wijnaldum scored the winner with a powerful header within 8 minutes what was everyone’s reaction after victory? It wasn’t a classic game by anyone’s standards – but certainly a tactical masterclass.
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp on past criticism of his side’s defending.
“I know everyone talks about our defence. It’s not about avoiding goals – that’s the end product – it’s about how we work together.
“I think we have the smallest number of shots on our goal in the league. Tonight the concentration level was outstanding.
“I don’t care about criticism of our defence. You always pick out things that aren’t right but that’s how goals are.”
Jurgen Klopp speaking to BBC Sport: “The quality of Man City, the situation – when you invest so much in a game like this at the end you want to have it all. Thank God we got it because we play again on Monday.”
“It was difficult. We couldn’t create too many chances. We defended really well. It was a wonderful goal.”
“We probably had the bigger chances. The second half our biggest problems were when we gave the ball away. I don’t know of any real chances or them.”
People don’t think I can head the ball’
Liverpool goal scorer Georginio Wijnaldum on BT Sport: “It was a good goal. A good cross from Adam Lallana. I was there to make the header. Like Alan Shearer? He makes a lot of headers, but so do I. People don’t think I can head because I’m not really tall. But when I was younger I trained a lot on headers.”
“My team-mates make me feel at home. It was easy to settle in the team. The people who work at the club helped me arrange a house and all those sorts of things. I can concentrate on football.”
“One of our worst performances”
Liverpool’s James Milner on BT Sport: “It’s a tough game, they’re a top, top team. It was just about the result. Arguably it’s one of the worst performances for how we want to play. But it was a gutsy performance.
“We had to grind out the result. You can’t always win games the way you want. It’s a massive victory. There’s a long way to go but it’s pleasing to be up there at Christmas.”
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola on BT Sport: “It was an equal game. The goal made it difficult against a team who use the counter attack like a master. The second half was much better.
“We have to wake up for another game. We need to focus and work – we can’t think about the big goals.”