First Liverpool win 'a big step forward', says Klopp

Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp celebrating with Joao Teixeira. The midfielder helped set up the Reds' winning goal against Bournemouth.
Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp celebrating with Joao Teixeira. The midfielder helped set up the Reds' winning goal against Bournemouth.PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON • Juergen Klopp described his first Liverpool win - at the fourth attempt as his team edged Bournemouth 1-0 in the League Cup on Wednesday - as a "big step forward".

Liverpool had recorded draws against Tottenham Hotspur, Rubin Kazan and Southampton in Klopp's first three games after succeeding Brendan Rodgers, but Nathaniel Clyne's first-half strike got the German off the mark.

"When a new manager comes, gives new information, wants new things, it is then normal to take a step back and to try to understand," he said. "They want to do what I say, but sometimes they forget to do what they can. For this, today was a big step."

Liverpool next face Chelsea tomorrow in the Premier League, and Klopp is likely to have a much different starting XI.

For starters, he is hopeful striker Christian Benteke will be fit for the trip to the champions after missing the clash on Wednesday.

  • LEAGUE CUP QUARTER-FINAL DRAW

  • Middlesbrough v Everton


    Southampton v Liverpool


    Stoke City v Sheffield

    Wednesday


    Manchester City v Hull City


    Ties to be played the week

    commencing Nov 30.

Teixeira helped set up the winner with an audacious back-heel. Although his effort was cleared off the line by Adam Smith, Clyne followed in to tuck away his first Liverpool goal.

Said Klopp: "We made a fantastic goal - Teixeira in the box and Clyne with him close enough, two boys from the left wing in the box because we had the space for it. That's really good, that's what we want.

"I don't think the other games were so much worse than today - of course, the result is the biggest difference and we did well tonight."

Premier League leaders Manchester City will also feature in the quarter-finals following their 5-1 home victory over Crystal Palace.

City have now scored 16 goals in their last three domestic home games and have netted 12 goals in four games without injured striker Sergio Aguero.

City manager Manuel Pellegrini is confident he can bank on his other strikers, Wilfried Bony and 19-year-old Kelechi Iheanacho, both of whom were on the scoresheet on Wednesday.

"Kun (Aguero) is impossible to replace but we know we have other options in attack," he said.

Pellegrini, however, will have to deal with the absence of another Argentina international, after right-back Pablo Zabaleta was stretchered off early in the second-half after hurting his knee in a collision with Wilfried Zaha.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 30, 2015, with the headline 'First Liverpool win 'a big step forward', says Klopp'. Print Edition | Subscribe