Klopp makes big admission after Liverpool limp past Fulham

Jurgen Klopp TEAMtalk

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp admitted that his side may have been lucky in the 2-0 win over Fulham on Sunday.

Under-pressure Cottagers boss Slavisa Jokanovic believes he, the players and fans were disrespected by the decision to disallow Aleksandar Mitrovic’s goal at Anfield.

In a pivotal 14 seconds the Serbia international’s header was chalked off due to a marginal offside decision and Liverpool went straight down the other end to take the lead through Mohamed Salah.

Television replays suggested Maxime Le Marchand was the most advanced man, but he made no attempt to challenge for Andre Schurrle’s cross while Mitrovic may have been played fractionally onside by Reds defender Andy Robertson.

To compound Fulham’s grievance, Alisson Becker’s free-kick appeared to be still rolling when the Liverpool goalkeeper launched the counter-attack for Salah’s goal.

Xherdan Shaqiri made sure of the points just after the break but it was the opening goal which proved to be crucial.

And despite admitting his side may been fortunate, Klopp felf they deserved their victory.

“I don’t want to compare it but we scored a clearer goal against Arsenal which we didn’t get,” said the Reds boss.

“You cannot change it, the most important thing is reacting that quick in that situation and it was brilliant: Alisson, Trent (Alexander-Arnold), Mo and done.

“It is very important you have these situations in your locker that you can use it.

“In the end we were a bit lucky and maybe because of Robbo it is not 100 per cent offside because of his heel. We cannot change it, Fulham cannot change it.

“Apart from scoring more goals it was a really good performance. Fulham always have the quality to cause problems. We had to work hard, we won it. All good.”